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Released: 26.03.21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of records purport to be ‘personal,’ yet few take the concept to such intimate and painful extremes of David Balfe’s debut. A no-holds-barred psychological memoir composed following the suicide of best friend and former bandmate Paul Curran, For Those I Love is wrought with shock, confusion, desolation and helplessness; an uncurbed outpouring of emotion synonymous with the processing of grief.

Balfe’s words are delivered in unflinchingly dense Dublin brogue, and electronic melanges provide a vibrant backdrop; yet sonic sensibilities seem immaterial on a work singularly unconcerned by user-friendliness. Littered with treasured voice notes and WhatsApp messages, it’s a vivid memorial to a friendship too precious to be forgotten, and quite possibly the most authentic, cathartic example of artistic expression you’ll hear all year.

 

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