Balloon Ride Fantasy

Balloon Ride Fantasy

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Sexy robots and fictitious creatures like the human bird are brought to life through the music of five-piece synth pop/new wave band, Balloon Ride Fantasy, based in Pittsburgh, PA. The band has crafted a sound of dreamy vocal harmonies that soar over rich, synth-heavy instrumentation and catchy, danceable beats.

Biography

Sexy robots and fictitious creatures like the human bird are brought to life through the music of five-piece synth pop/new wave band, Balloon Ride Fantasy, based in Pittsburgh, PA.  The band has crafted a sound of dreamy vocal harmonies that soar over rich, synth-heavy instrumentation and catchy, danceable beats. Inspired by fantasy fiction and pop nostalgia artists like Prince and Michael Jackson and films like Labyrinth and Blade Runner. Their imaginative lyrics explore futuristic dream worlds. The group will soon debut their third release, the six-song EP BRF, which continues the evolution of the band’s colorful sonic escapade.  Balloon Ride Fantasy’s new music video for their EP’s second track, “Arcadia,” was recently filmed at Pittsburgh’s famed Evaline Party House and features an initiation party for a mysterious cult, run by a lioncorn leader.  The lioncorn being the band’s mascot, which is a lion/unicorn hybrid.

 

What started as a duo between longtime bandmates, Balloon Ride Fantasy’s songwriting foundation is the team of lead singer/producer Chris Olszewski and prolific guitarist/synth player Phil Conley.  Dynamic and pop-friendly lead vocals by Olszewski are complemented by the background vocals of Bethany Conley, Phil’s wife, who was initially drawn to the early BRF demos she’d heard while living across the globe outside of Seoul.  A golden Craigslist find and holding down the low end, bassist Brad Schneider creates slick, enchanting and energetic riffs.  The band practices at Schneider’s home on top of the city in Pittsburgh’s iconic Mount Washington neighborhood.  Rounding out Balloon Ride Fantasy’s sound is keyboard and synth player extraordinaire Jordan Wood, who also programs and synchronizes lighting for the band’s live shows.

 

Balloon Ride Fantasy’s performance highlights include 2016’s Thrival Music Festival, where they shared a stage with The Chainsmokers, Chvrches, and Metric. They also opened for The Naked and Famous at the Feed More Festival in 2017. After releasing their self-titled album in 2015, Balloon Ride Fantasy were selected to play the prestigious National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show in Anaheim, CA.  That same year, the band made it to the top ten Semi-Finals (out of over 300 national artists) in the “Land the Big Gig” Contest for Milwaukee’s Summerfest. Their songwriting has been recognized by the Indaba Music Community, and several songs from their 2011 debut, Monocle City, were licensed for use on the Microsoft Surface tablet.

 

Closer to home, the band has achieved substantial local success.  They have been featured in several music festivals (including the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Strip District Music Fest, and Picklesburgh), as well as enjoying regular airplay on local and regional radio.  Perhaps their favorite honor to date is the “2015 Album of the Year” award from music blog Sound Scene Express.

Lyrics

Species

Written By: Chris Olszewski

Find goldmines
Digging up divine shrines
Cajoled fools
Tend to feed the brandlings and mold

Stalwart hearts
Heat us up when wars start
Cold things dwell
Waiting at the bottom of the well

Those who bleed
Together live
Forever on and on

Time rules blind
Paying us goons no mind
Wise old souls
Tend to hear the rattling I'm told

All is flux
Nothing stays as it was
Cold hearts dwell
Waiting at the bottom of the well

Those who bleed
Together live
Forever on and on
and on and on

Unicenticorn

Written By: Chris Olszewski

There's not a place in this world that I would not roam
Tear at the edges of this microcosm
Wild waves of the sea turned oceans song

I feel it all around me
This racing hot pulse
Speed the rise
Of us

Release all distal fiction
Accede alive, alive, alive
Three hearts will beat as one

Just at the edge of the fires burning
Hot dreams come to life will sever you
Sow your pieces in the woven copulas
And now it’s all writhing
As one thing

Blood, sulfur, no aversion
to vertigo
We ride with an eels undulations
Over rodents with beetles
as chaperones

I feel it all around me
This racing hot pulse
Deify
Us

Release all distal fiction
Unseat the lies the lies the lies
Three hearts now beat as one

The rivers that pool around you are emollient
And the beasts are skulking
but they're much too tame
to behold us

We can't be broken
And saddled with wine casks or heartache and revulsion
Now that my heart beats
inside your chest

Now we’re all riding
As one thing

0100101

Written By: Chris Olszweski

You will find me there without a sound
Where the moon flakes fall
on marble ground
Petrified in a thousand polar lights
Magnetized by a billion nanobytes
You will find me there moribund
A discarded ward of the setting sun

When the heart starts feeling alive
You feel it alone,
Cold metal, veins and bone

When the heart starts feeling alive
You feel it alone,
Hell, heaven, take your hold

‘Neath the violently effusive skin
Anatomic pools of reasoning
Come alive when feelings penetrate,
Confound, hesitate, can't break away
You will arrive at upper levels of cognition,
and control that no one has never known

You grip the crawling,
Veiny arms of truth
Come around, come around
And venerate this fusion
You grip the crawling,
You fell the godless
Dialectic coup, get a hold on you

When the heart starts feeling alive
You feel it alone
Cold metal, veins and bone
When the heart starts feeling alive
You feel it alone
Hell, heaven, take your hold

You will find me there without a life
Where the moonbeams fall on naked eyes
Petrified in a thousand golden arcs
Multiplied by a billion broken hearts
You will find me there without a sound
Cause the whirlwinds blow and blow around

Spellcaster

Written By: Chris Olszewski

Broken hearts and memories
Pollinate a new dichotomy
Never forget, don't you ever
forget where you came from

Summon up inside of me
All the will to face eternity
Never look back
Don't you ever look back in negation

Why, oh why
Don't pull the wool on yourself
Situations will change in the blink of an eye
Why, oh why
No need in fooling yourself
We can make it ok, we'll make it alright

Lucid eyes are bound to see
Right away this change inside of me
Follow your heart
Don't you wallow in virtue and patience

When you’re born into the light
Cut away the ruses from your life
Never forget don't you ever
forget what you came for

Why, oh why
Don't pull the wool on yourself
Situations will change
in the blink of an eye
Why, oh why
No need in fooling yourself
We can make it ok, make it alright
Close your eyes and you will find
Radiation tattooed with lullabies
Feel its sweetness on your lips
But it’s not, no it’s not, not, not,
not what you think it is

Open eyes and you will see
Variations wrapped in uncertainty
They can spin you around and around and around
til your heart won't fake it

Tastes like candy
Is all around me
Involution of illusions
Soaring wildly

Tastes like candy
All around me
Defecation of elation
Pouring out me

Why you wanna feel
like it’s never been colder
Why you wanna feel
like an anchor in the ocean
Why you wanna feel like a
like a boat in the fog

Why you wanna kick it around and
around and around in your heart
‘til the glaciers soften
Who would try make it
Fools would try to make it alone

The Anchor and the Sail

Written By: Chris Olszewski

You are the wave on this cold ocean
You are the weight holding me down
You are the wave on this cold ocean
You are the weight holding me down

Why don't you just take your time
and we’ll be here
Under the fisheye lens of the bubbling and raging sea

Why don't you just take your time
and we’ll be here
in the wake of the tidal wave that swept away my easy smile

Automaton

Written By: Chris Olszewski

Today is the day when
Adjuncts are pulling out
Ignore all the warnings
Omens of further doubt

Aching for some way
To cool the boiling hearts
The fire is burning
But you won't put it out

And when you finally care
You won't know what to fear

Cause you won't find it
No, no, no, unaware
No, you can't fight it
with a prayer

Nobody wants it
Cause nobody cares
Nobody knows it
Cause nobody hears

And you will
find it erratically
crawling upon you
Pile up the wounded
Bury your head

And when you finally care
You won't know what to fear
Cause you won't find it in line
with this codling's stare

And when
your heartbeat slows
You won't know where to go
Cause you won't find it
on a globe

Ride high on your horses
As chariots trail
Rely on your compass
When all needles fail

I am from the future
but
you are not from the future like me

Advance with the Mayor

Written By: Chris Olszewski

Show me the face of the being
who paces outside on the cobblestone
While the world waits,
and whispers of worry and fear

The days have been wasted
when plasticine faces
bowed down to your reverie
Cause it all comes back to you in the end

If you find a way to make your goal,
you will be right with yourself

When the fire feeds your vacant soul
you will be right with yourself

When finally abasements,
deliberate and callous
try to swallow you whole

By earth and ash and flesh and bone,
you will be right with yourself

If you came to see the mayor put your harness on
We will ride through the dreams of your jilted youth

It's so hard to be the mayor
when your gossamer mantle is shearing off

But it all comes back to you in the end

The Silver Key

Written By: Chris Olszewski

I wait for hours lonely
Liver warts creeping at my face
And contemplate eroding
The fibrils weaving me in place

And when the night has opened
The darkness crawling through my veins
I slither through the doorway
Into a deepening of space

This mass is a part of me
An endless wave of realities
Watch out, stay ahead of me
Cause this whole world is just a fallacy

We
We don't want
We don't want to be alone

In vaults of halted motion
A wilted heart appears to quake
And mesmerizes me into the fay

Unicorn Fantasy

Written By: Chris Olszewski

I remember soaring out
Into the flailing sun
Shadows meeting light
like black pawns upon the fair

Hallowed be thy golden mane
Two eyes so rubicund
Untiled roads lead us
musing on the way

Always wanting,
Far out and separated

Holding onto love
that's imitated
It's no wonder
I feel evaporated
To hear your voice
Fading

Worn away the notion to
Avoid delirium
Harrowing the valleys
and fields for debris

I don't even so much mind
Living inside a dream
Rubies and tokens to
catalyze the brain

Always wanting,
Far out and separated
Holding onto
eviscerated love

It's so hard to face it
It's too hard to erase it

On my bones
Waging war
down to the marrow
All my dreams

Run away
Down through
the gallows feasting,
below

PG Sex Scene

Written By: Chris Olszewski

Bored enclosed in a house
made of toys
the record play play plays
your only intentions

Too much forever
and not enough patience
you cannot wait wait wait
for for elation

You get around it,
and you face it
You've got me up "and down"
and all around

Baby you’re on a lonely ride,
You can’t fight it,
I'm the right one
Surely you’re gonna open wide
You can't fight it I'm the right one

Papers rolled
and the flames are employed
but you will choke choke choke
on this inhalation

Looking me over
like I'm a four leaf clover
pick me up up up
and out of here

You get around it
and you face it
You've got me up "and down"
and all around

Baby, you’re on a lonely ride
You can’t fight it, I'm the right one
Surely, you’re gonna open wide
You can't fight it, I'm the right one

You get around it
and you face it
and you know it's gonna be inside

Don't fool around it
You won't make it
Simply osseous and adamantine

You feel around it, up, up
and down it baby
You get around it,
oscillating this thrall

You know it feels right
You know it feels right
You know it feels right

Baby, you’re on a lonely ride
You can’t fight it, I'm the right one
Surely, you’re gonna open wide
You can't fight, it I'm the right one

And silence as we wait
for your parts to mend
And the road
was really not a road at all

What sadness
in the wake of ignorance
And the rage
is quickly building to turbulence

What violence
as your heart's debilitated

And you know
that it's the end,
that it's the end

Balloon Ride Fantasy

Written By: Chris Olszewski

You’re the first to bathe
and shadow me
Turn your head
and see you’re not awake

If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be
If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be

Floating on a shard of fantasy
It's a moonlight
Face of two the same

If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be
If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be

Over hills and mountains we fly
With candy-coated eyes

If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be
If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be

Take your heart
Dreaming of golden stars
Clearing a way for us
For us

Showing through
Rivers of green and blue
Only the pain ends soon
For us

Far above the shade of canopies
Through the ruseof this milky haze

If it’s a dream, don’t wake me, wake me
If it’s a dream, don’t wake me, wake me

Gaining on the trail of destiny
Look around
and you'll feel the same

If it’s a dream, don’t wake me, wake me
If it’s a dream, don’t wake me, wake me

Over hills and mountains we fly
With opalescent eyes

If you’re afraid, don't be, don't be
It's a balloon ride fantasy

Take your heart
Dreaming of golden stars
Clearing a way for us
For us

Showing through
Rivers of green and blue
Only the pain ends soon
For us

Do you believe in fantasy?
Do you believe in us?

Welcoming Party

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

Welcome
The faces
Everything will be alright
Don't evade the radiance
Let the aura be your life
Jin jao jin jao
Be still
Everything will be alright

Ride high above me
But never come down
Ride high above me
But never come down

Bleak ones
Praised in awe
Irradiated
Motion
Sickening

A goulish nightmare
Replacing old fears
You'd never believe it
But don't despair
Just look at me
Look at me now
Cool it!

Keep on
Straight and long
Fill the keyhole
Of unknown
Suffering

Foolish arm hairs
Raised enough where
They could betray the
Boldest stare
Now look at me
Look at me now
Cool it!

Arcadia

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

Regale
Let me put my arms around it
Searching for the role I found it
We can be us all night

Oh
So you feel at home
Bathing in the aura of
Such a petty glow
But could u give it

Up and decide to
run away from
this cage of hope
Hoosgow teeming
Dog-eyed
denizens bred to crawl
Patients lined up
To never be healed
Brave this cull

Regale
Let me put my arms around it
Searching for the role I found it
We can be us all night
Regale
Leave behind a whirl of folly
Beyond the rage of decay
We can be young all night

Rushing down through
A panoply of
Wraith and thrall
Pick your head up
and shovel through the fog
Reach out - I see it
Reach out - Ooh I'm reeling
Take a hold

You've got to feel it all the way
You'll never be on display
We've got the healing underway

You've got to feel it all the way
The apple is off your head
The wallowing has gone away

Human Bird

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

Through the energies of our mind
We can fly forever
Fly fly forever
Feel the vertigo all the while
As we glide together
Out through the nether light

Shrieking
Colors
Bones not hard but hollow
Raised by the wind
Spicules in cold skin

Live through my eyes and feel the balance
Of a world spun on the end
Look in your heart
And fear's forgotten

Fueling
Martyrs
Gaping hearts are shuttered
Do you think that you can win
With feathers torn and singed

Live through my eyes and feel the balance
Of an epoch on the edge
Unfurl your wings
And fear's forgotten

All that we have are this moment
And sharpened unfettered beaks
Warpaint that bleeds only
When Hyperion knows defeat
Choking blindly on the light
When deep down we know this means
Darkness is all we breathe

As we dive together
Down through the river ice

Gods Beyond The Moon

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

Patterns glow in the dullness
The bodies puissant and bold

Peaking out from the blanket
Infinite odysseys unfold

Madness breeds in the silence
Duration flourishing unkown

Find a home in the blackness
A willing sycophant unwhole

Beating on walls of this sacrosanct tomb
Here there's nothing left lose
Way beyond the edge of impossible loom
Vapid hearts in tune

With God's beyond the moon

Banging on the head of this beckoning drum
Til there's nothing left of bone
Way beyond the edge of impossible loom
Vapid hearts in tune
With gods beyond the moon

Breathing slow like a felled deer
The twilight numinous and cold

Divide
Heaven
Pinfold

Irrational
Shout it oh I see their faces

Robots In Lust

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

How do u feel

When the wolves creep into ur heart

And they feast on ur virtue

For the first time

Can u figure it out

With the sharks circling unfed

As the wound suppurates

For the first time

It's a fire

It's a fiery, hollow ache

When components melt down into rain

And leak out this weakened restraint

2nd time
(Its' a fiery hot, and hollow ache)
(WHen components melt, down into rain)
(ANd leak out of, this weakened restraint)

Night song

Burning like a white sun

You'd better find some other to

Put all your levers in motion

Right wrong

Swirling like a hot tongue

You'd better find some other to

Face all that love and emotion

How do you think
When the wires shorting in your head
Reboot all your circuits
For the first time

On and on

Haunting sarcoma

Feeding on

This roily
night

All, all alone

Waltzing chimeras
Vivify

Your wiles
tonight

I feel it I feel it
The weight of a raining comet looms beneath my
Hull

Heartfighter

Written By: Chris Olszewski,Phil Conley

We can fight its the middle of nowhere
We can fight its the middle of nowhere
When all is gone
The heart keeps bleeding on
Among the ruins of our world

It was something invalid
That kept me alive
It was something invalid
To make me challenge
Oceans
And wrestle with legions
For a single bead
Of piquant sweat

When the world is gone
The heart's still bleeding on

We can fight its the middle of nowhere
We can fight its the middle of nowhere
When all is gone
The heart keeps bleeding on
To fill the rivers of our world

It was something invalid
That dragged me awry
It was something invalid

It's a fury that grips a side of my
And to decide is beneath
Do your guns obey the hands that plead

And I'll challenge oceans

I'll conquer nations
Shatter dimensions
For the fleeting heat of one sweet breath

Discography

BRF EP (2018)

Balloon Ride Fantasy (2015) Self-titled

Monocle City EP (2011)