One of the things that Patrick Tape Fleming does perhaps better than anyone is to write confessional songs that are heartfelt, but not whiny, contrived, or full-on emo. In fact, at times he’s just downright hilarious while confiding in you about heartbreak, and this ability is fully on display on the second full-length Gloom Balloon album.
8/25 San Francisco: Neck of the Woods
8/26 Fresno: Tioga Sequoia Brewing Co.
8/27 San Diego: Soda Bar
8/29 LA: Silverlake Lounge
8/30 Santa Barbara: Mercury Lounge
8/31 Las Vegas: Artiface
9/01 Sacramento: Fox & Goose
9/02 Davis: Sudwerk Dock store
9/03 Portland: Bunk Bar
Gorgeous, though drenched despair, ‘Look Older’ plunges into the solipsistic trench at the heart of the human condition. Guitars and synth dance in annular swirls as a voice skates across the frozen backdrop and breathily delivers the bad news: we’re all painfully and irrevocably lonely. Coolly delivered heartache has never sounded so sweet.