Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-more-ay) is a six-piece instrumental group from Austin, TX.  Founded by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller in 2006, the band has produced five full-length albums, including Stranger, which was released in October 2012.

Inceptually influenced by the band’s namesake, a tiny West Texas town of 500 people, Balmorhea’s early work reflected motifs of the American Southwest: the folklore of Texas settlers, the emotive proclamations of the mountainous setting, and intimate studies on solitude, nature, and night. Slowly adding more members to the band over the years, including a string section and full percussion, Balmorhea’s rich and layered music continues to be simultaneously concise and complex, uniting a collection of ideas, textures, and sounds into one genre-defying landscape.

Balmorhea, called “an exemplary experiment in restraint” by The New Yorker, has toured the US and Europe six times each, including shows with Tortoise, Fleet Foxes, Mono, Bear in Heaven, Sharon Van Etten, Damien Jurado, Efterklang, and others. Additionally the band has performed at Austin City Limits Music Festival, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest, and the Hopscotch Festival. Their music has been featured and reviewed by Pitchfork, BBC, MOJO, NME, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many more.

Rivers Arms
play The Winter
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All is Wild, All is Silent
play Harm and Boon (edit)
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All is Wild, All is Silent Remixes
play Truth - Helios remix
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play Bowsprit
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play Clamor
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Live at Sint-Elisabethkerk
play Untitled
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Rivers Arms Lmtd Ed
play San Solomon
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play Pyrakantha
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Sep 22 Tilburg, Netherlands • Incubate Festival
Sep 23 London, England • Bush Hall
Sep 24 Opwijk, Belgium • Nijdrop
Sep 25 Berlin, Germany • Urban Spree
Sep 26 Copenhagen, Denmark • Loppen
Sep 27 Hamburg, Germany• Reeperbahn Festival
Sep 28 Erfurt, Germany • Franz Mehlhose
Sep 29 Offenburg, Germany • Spitalkeller
Oct 1 Zurich, Switzerland • El Lokal
Oct 2 Savona, Italy • Raindogs
Oct 3 Rome, Italy • Init
Oct 4 Carpi, Italy • Cortile d'Onore
Oct 5 Ravenna, Italy • Bronson
Oct 6 Treviso, Italy • Apartamento Hoffman
Oct 7 Torino, Italy • Blah Blah
Oct 9 Zaragoza, Spain • King Kong
Oct 11 Barcelona, Spain • Bikini
Oct 12 Castellon, Spain • Teatro Vila-Real
Oct 13 Madrid, Spain • La Casa Encendida
Oct 14 Bilbao, Spain • Cotton Club
Oct 15 Bordeaux, France • Iboat
Oct 16 Paris, France • Le Batofar
Oct 17 Leuven, Belgium • Stuk
Selected Press
"The band traces an infinite, gorgeous desert horizon with its songs, filling in the spaces with the peaks of co-leader Rob Lowe's piano, the low rumble of cellos, and the inevitable realization of man's insignificance in the face of nature. This—not steak finger baskets or soft-serve ice cream—is what you should like about Texas."
– The Onion, AV Club [read more here]
"Balmorhea flashes brilliance only to highlight a slow-burning constancy that's at the core of one of the year's early slow wonders."
– Grayson Currin, Pitchfork [read full review here]
"Austin chamber-gloomsters cast a skeletal shadow over the reverent, still audience..."
– Christopher Weingarten, [read more here]
"Constellations is an album drastically and magnificently out-of-step with the modern world... a work of exquisite beauty, coming from a group that grows by leaps and bounds with every release."
Tiny Mix Tapes [read full review here]
"etched out in plaintive ivory and sumptuous string swells, while a deftly plucked banjo anchors the prevailing air of authenticity to the sturdy foundations of tradition... this work will reveal its shimmering tributaries that break from the main body of water like precious secrets, stretching for the sky."
– BBC Music [read more here]
"Their songs are what happens when a classical background meets an experimental spirit, making a type of music that many of us find inaccessible suddenly evocative and engaging."
– Rachel Bailey, Paste Magazine
"...they create minimalist, cinematic music that combines modern, experimental acoustic sounds with classical qualities."
– NPR [read and listen to the full feature here]
"Balmorhea's appeal lies in its emotional malleability, the way the music seems to shift in mood and meaning depending on the circumstances in which it's heard."
Austin Chronicle [read full feature here]
"...each track plays out as a counseling session for the weary, dispensing affecting and emotionally rousing imagery like medication."
Drowned In Sound [read full review here]
"A good many moments of stirring beauty emerge in Rivers Arms' wistful and lilting snapshots."
– Textura [read full review here]
"...the whole album is filled with subtle and charming music that will keep you coming back."
Foxy Digitalis
"Matching the album title quote from early Texan settler William B. Dewees, All Is Wild... is all about undulating space, and sounding gob-smacked by nature."
Mojo [read full review here]
"While listening to Balmorhea, if you squint your ears, you can hear where John Cage meets Gillian Welch...their music is an exercise in re-contextualization of classical sensibilities. Think of the fleeting delicacy of Debussy swept out onto the Texas plains, and you have an idea what Balmorhea are aiming for."
Austinist [read full review here]
" builds to an ecstatic swell and reminds you that sometimes good music can surprise you too."
KEXP (Song of the Day Feature) [read more here]
"...the ease with which Balmorhea makes these pieces both affective and memorable is a testament to an easy compositional prowess that is only improving with time."
Blurt [read full review here]