Balam Acab “Oh Why”

Your average techno song has between 120 and 150 beats per minute. Faster genres like drum’n’bass can go upwards of 180, and slower stuff like downtempo clocks in around 96 and 112.  Balam Acab’s  first single off his debut album “WANDER/WONDER” is nothing close to those rates. Very slow. So it’s a kind of music that brings about some reflections that’s more suited towards winter as opposed to summer. Balam Acab is Alec Koone, a 19-year-old college kid studying music education in New York. However, he doesn’t sing or play instruments on tracks, but builds them instead with samples collected from the Internet. With these samples, he has taken the liberty of distorting the sounds and making the overall track sound out of this world. There is some tension between the yearning of the vocal samples and the downtrodden feeling of the song. So the song doesn’t produce that much of a depressed feel, but rather adds a more contemplative dimension to it.

Balam Acab – “Oh, Why”


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