Announcing the forthcoming release of Black Balsam's debut album, See You Later See You There, on Punctum Records February 26, 2016.
Black Balsam is the musical mouthpiece for Jesse Wooten, a North Carolina songwriter who has made Austin, TX his home. See You Later See You There is the project’s full-length debut.
The album was written and recorded over the span of four years in bedrooms, basements, and old houses across North Carolina and Austin, Texas, emerging as an audio collage of Wooten’s travels. The fifteen songs fuse contributions from the friends and musicians he crossed paths with during these years, as well as field recordings and found sounds gathered along the way. With its large timespan and the diverse origins for its songs, Wooten’s voice and production create a bridge guiding the listener through the narrative arc of the album.
Sonically, SYLSYT covers extensive territory during its hour run-time, ranging from the orchestral pop of “Days With Wings” and the Akron Family-esque wall of harmonies found on “Resignation” and “Unset,” to the punk rock stylings of “Great Big Heart” and the Bill Callahan-tinged folk of “Water.” Themes of departure and return, both spatial and temporal, permeate the lyrics, so that the closing track, “Wait Now” flows seamlessly into the opener, “Reset,” completing the circuit of nostalgic indie rock feedback.
Black Balsam celebrates the release with a special performance at Cheer Up Charlie's on February 28th with Tapajenga and The Loblolly Boy. Click here for more information on the release party.
Stream the first single, "Days With Wings," and preorder the album below: