For Those I Love
For Those I Love
an uncompromising, heart-breaking & beautiful sound collage; like a musical scrapbook of friendship, grief, childhood & neighbourhood, it captures a gritty energy through sound samples, spoken word delivery & electronic beats that recall everyone from burial to the avalanches.
What is the purpose of art but to depict human emotions for others to understand and empathise with? On his gripping new album For Those I Love, David Balfe offers a highly personalised portrait of love, loss, confusion, nostalgia and pain – that is to say, the Dublin songwriter/producer walks you through the early stages of mourning. Each savage emotion comes across as tangible and real. Balfe makes spoken word music over urbane electronica that takes its cues from alternative hip-hop and various forms of club music. His heavily accented delivery and penchant for familiar Dublin cadences means writing can only be set in one place, elevating the album among the great modern works set in the city. A project that started out as an ode to friendship was remodeled under a tragic cloud. Balfe conceived of For Those I Love as a solo project when he was still a member of punk band Burnt Out. Its purpose was to capture the tight-knit friendships – that is, the beauty of the relationships that exist between groups of young men that often go unspoken. Particularly, he wanted to depict his connection with best friend and Burnt Out bandmate, the poet Paul Curran. Tragically, Curran died in early 2018. In his grief, Balfe has created an album infused with the love and bond that existed between the pair.
“Reminiscent of The Streets’ night bus poetry” - The Guardian
“For Those I Love fights for the underdog… raw and uncompromising electronic music that taps into both deeply personal trauma and wider societal ills for influence” - The Fader
“His debut album as For Those I Love, due early next year, evokes the rave nostalgia of Jamie XX and the urban melancholia of Burial with a pitch black wit.” - VICE
“Balfe will be one of the talents our entire cultural year orients around.” - The Irish TImes
“A primal, unforgiving track – ‘I Have A Love’ grips you in its evocation – it’s seemingly casual vignettes burning an imprint on your being when it’s processed through loss.” - So Young Magazine
“A release that explores grief, loss and friendship in such uncompromising, revealing and beautiful ways.” - Nialler9
• Signed & numbered print (individually drawn by David Balfe & unique to every copy) *• Limited edition of 300
*exclusive to Dinked Edition