Balmorhea's woodwinds-and-strings approach works well in alternative venues, given the transportive power of its acoustic drones. If that seems like a surprising assertion, you may be thinking of Baltimora, the flamboyant Italians behind Tarzan Boy. Hailing from Austin, this duo (with occasional accompanists on piano, violin and cello) plays a more serene version of the lush, ebbing-and-flowing post-rock favored by fellow Texans Explosions in the Sky and This Will Destroy You. Imagine the gorgeous melodic passages from those groups dynamic compositions contrasted not by high-volume sonic avalanches, but instead by even quieter reflections. Perhaps too subtle to fully register on the recordings, at least with listeners who arent completely committed to the experience, Balmorheas instrumentals prove thoroughly immersing live, inspiring closed-eye bliss.
Wed., Jan. 28, 5 p.m., 2009