Dive into electro-soul bliss with experimental artist Ed Balloon’s ‘Flourish’
By Nathan Leigh
November 3, 2017
Since dropping his debut EP in 2015, the Boston-based experimental soul artist Ed Balloon has turned heads. Joining forces with Deathbomb Arc (the folks who presented perennial favorites like clipping. and Signor Benedick the Moor) looks good on Mr. Balloon. His mutated electro-soul fits in well with the label’s brand of boundary pushing indie. Flourish is at its best when Ed Balloon digs into his bag of left-field percussion and spacious synths and gives his warm baritone room to breathe. Highlights like opener “Papér Chaser” and “HOODxAIR” hit the sweet spot and demand multiple listens to explore the vast crevices of sound he creates. If Ed Balloon’s not already on your radar, Flourish ought to put him there.