Every now and then someone comes along, releases one lp and then in JD Salinger mode disappears from view. when the lp is one of stunning beauty it makes the subsequent silence even more baffling. You convince yourself that there must be more and so in older days trawl second hand record shops and now lose yourself in the outer limits of Google in the hope of stumbling upon another release.
One of those bands for me is Balloon who released one lp "Gravity". it was out of its time in that the songs are more in tune with the wistful singer songwriter stuff of the last few years rather than the early 90s when it came out. Comparisons are difficult but there is a sense of melody and craft that you get with Crowded House although the comparison is of feeling rather than sound
The band were a london duo of Ian Bickerton and David Sheppard. The lp was produced by Michael Brook and that is about all I know.
I've yet to meet anyone who has this lp and I'm not sure why on earth I bought it in the first place.
I've posted my 2 favourite tracks but all 10 are magical. The first one is one of those love gone wrong songs I like so much . I've no idea what Tightrope Walker is about but it manages to be soothing and sinister at the same time
"We're taking the blame for all of our faults
I'm calling you names like a parrot that talks
We're running away when we can't walk
We used to believe but not anymore"
Tightrope Walker - Balloon
"trust to my lucky dice , my rusty pocket knife"
The cd still pops up on ebay every now and then and you can get it from Amazon here if you like songs that take the subtle rather than sledgehammer approach then take a punt
If anyone does know if either of the duo went on to do anything else then let me know (it will save me the sporadic google searches)