The Balcony

The Balcony

BandPopFolk

Biography

"A record is a document, the fixation of a short series of moments [sonic and lyrical] that convey a tone, an attitude, and, of course, an expression. The document fixed by John Kelley's "The Balcony" is a glowing sphere where the tones, attitudes, and expressions of each song bounce off the others. It is a culmination of the experiences, musical and personal, of its creator. But it's also a thorough exploration of classic themes: identity; innocence; isolation; love in all its shaded varieties. The cumulative effect is a sustained, mature, and sparkling collection of lush wanderings and fluid, but tightly composed pop jewels.

The songs are as solidly composed as any pop standard, lovingly layered with vibrant instrumentation, and immaculately recorded. This professional facet, however, is the sliding glass door that opens out, gives us access to the literal and figurative Balcony. This balustrade gives us a view back into the flat where the songs are drifting from the piano or the guitar, from Kelley's casual and reassuring voice. The lyrics give us insight into the impossibility of feeling aged and exhausted at a time when one is, by most accounts, supposed to feel youthful and inspirited. But that same Balcony also offers shining views out, over, and onto the city, the country, and the sea. Out onto literal and figurative landscapes, to geographic and mental weathers, hills, and valleys, to places where our youth and vitality are continually revived and replenished."

-- Greg Koehler