Baltra Reflects on the Death of his Father on Debut Album
Michael Baltra will release his first album, Ted, in July via his own 96 And […]
The 15-track LP is described as a “time capsule of expression.” It started out as an idea lacking focus but took on greater meaning when Baltra’s father passed away somewhat unexpectedly. “He was the rock in our family and I wouldn’t be who I am today without him,” Baltra says. The album is titled Ted in his honour.
Whilst an unexpected tragedy may have shaped the trajectory of the album and given it a sense of purpose and meaning, musically the result feels more rooted in triumph and elation. The label describes it as a “deeply personal, intricate, and stirring collection of electronic music.”
“The album went through many phases,” Baltra says. “But in the end staying true to my emotions along this whirlwind of a ride seemed like the proper way to do it rather than to conceptualize something that I couldn’t even put into words at the time. With this record I’ve aimed to really bring the listener into my world, and into my audio landscape.”
Park Hye Jin features on the lead single, “Ahead Of Time.”
Baltra’s previously released on Lobster Theremin, Lost Palms, and Of Paradise.
02. Opal Drip
04. In The Mist Of Lovers Past
05. How Does It Work?
06. Ted’s Interlude
07. Rue Des Sablons
09. Ahead Of Time (with 박혜진 park hye jin)
12. This Is The Last Time, I Promise
14. Study Of You
15. Forever Alone
Ted LP lands on July 19, with the title track streaming below.