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02-01-2013 // interviews, 2012: 2012: Interview with Balto

The year 2012 is coming to an end. It is that time of the year for Christmas carols, buying presents for our loved ones and reflecting on the year that (almost) lies behind us. For us music bloggers it also means writing year lists, pretending our opinions matter to the world. Which of course, they do not, but even bloggers have dreams. These last few weeks I’ve asked several of my favorite artists of 2012 to look back on what this year has brought them. For their own musical careers, but also about the music they’ve enjoyed themselves and, if any, what their plans for 2013 are. These are their stories (yes, I did just quote the A-Team intro).

Among the finest releases of 2012 was a 2011-favorite: Balto. This talented bunch released “Monuments”, a beautiful 6-track EP with all the needed ingredients for a fine Americana album. It’s pure melancholia in her finest form. Intense but relaxing, perfect for dull rainy Wednesday mornings. Ideal for cold lonely winter nights sitting by the stereo with a glass of wine. And it wouldn’t sound bad sitting by the fire with a beautiful lady either. Just 6 great songs on a fine EP. You can read an interview with Balto-member Jeannot and Hip Hatchet’s interview is scheduled for later this week, but for now have a look at the answers leading man Daniel Sheron gave for Balto.

1. If you had to name one moment, what would you consider the highlight of 2012?
For the project, probably two top moments. The first was probably when we finally got to tracking the songs live in the studio in Upstate New York - it just sounded amazing in that room and it felt like such a culmination of efforts and collaboration. Then, going back into the control room and listening to the recordings we were making was pretty surreal. The second was probably a show we played immediately after we tracked the record - everyone was hot out of the studio, and the venue was down in the Lower East Side in NYC - a bunch of old friends turned up and everything just lined up.

2. What are doing at the moment (November 2012)?
I've been working my day job a bit more - My day-to-day is spent running around hospitals as a Russian interpreter. Beyond that, I've been plotting Balto's next moves and getting started on writing the new album.

3. Which great band/artist did you discover yourself in 2012?
I'd say J. Tillman's new project Father John Misty. I know that's getting huge now, and back in the spring, right when his record came out, they swung down through Portland, and I went and saw the show kind of on a whim. I was totally blown away - haven't gotten that excited about an artist (or an album) in quite some time.

4. What's your favorite album released this year?
Fear Fun - see above.

5. How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
I don't plan that far out - I have no idea!

6. What are your plans for 2013?
Just rough ideas really - definitely going to put together another tour. and write another full-length. Excited to see what the next year's got in store.

Thank you Daniel on behalf of Balto. for taking the time for these questions. Hope you’ve had a great New Year’s Eve and I’m already excited knowing there will be a new album in 2013!

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