“…a string-laden pop tune that nods to ’70s era pop, with lots of orchestral grandeur”
The Des Moines Register‘s Matthew LeimKheuler sat down with Patrick Tape Fleming to dig into Gloom Balloon’s epic new album, Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom, Underneath the Stars and the Moon, out today on LP/CD/DL from Maximum Ames Records:
Fleming set out on his latest record, Gloom Balloon’s “Drying the Eyes of the Goddess of Gloom Underneath the Stars and the Moon,” to pen a timeless letter of life and love to his son, Nilsson, who turns 2 in January. The ambitious, 14-song effort takes you through a 40-minute journey of thoughtful theatrics.
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.
A while back he was selling shirts that say ‘Pat Sounds,’ a play on The Beach Boys of course, but I think that DTEOTGOG,UTSATM is the closest to Brian Wilson any human deserves to get. The production is totally compelling, drawing your ear to sounds that have little to do with the melody, but help make up the whole. It’s an atmospheric record that can also be enjoyed purely on the surface-a rare treat for music lovers.
“Saddest Story Ever” depicts the momentary lapses in reason that often accompany drinking alone. Vocal patterns appear and disappear, pirouetting in the haze while Mellotron doom and the inevitability of the spoken word drag the listener into a downward spiral.
The track is off their forthcoming sophomore album Drying the Tears of the Goddess of Gloom, Underneath the Stars and the Moon out September 1st on Maximum Ames Records.