With all the albums that get released in a year, it’s a Sisyphean task to keep track of everything, and many a worthy record inevitably goes sadly unrecognized. This being the case, it’s a pleasure to stumble on a band like Brooklyn-via-Pittsburgh quintet Ball of Flame Shoot Fires, whose excellent third album, Zileur (Mi-Mi-Mo-Mo) – yep, that's its title – deserves to find a larger audience.
Standout track “Buddy” is a melancholic piece of indie folk with precise but precarious arrangements that channel Wolf Parade by way of Dirty Projectors. The track has a lot going on, including caterwauling horns and purposefully melodramatic strings, but the jazzified pop and complex arrangements never feel overwrought. “It's just that no one ever said, 'Hey get out of here,'” lead crooner Jess Tambellini laments, grounding his vocal histrionics with the weight of a last-call drunk. We highly recommend checking out the rest of the album over at its Bandcamp.
Ball of Flame Shoot Fire—Zileur (Mi-Mi-Mo-Mo) "Buddy"
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