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Balloons of Memories

by Arhkota

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Avec Lui 05:14
(Maintenant ce sont des Anges)
Ensenada 05:16


Ambient delicacy and intense distortion unite amidst a plethora of hypnotic vocal features, as a uniquely artistic Arhkota returns with a 6-track EP of profound spiritual and emotional presence.

'Angel’s Know' is the opener, instantly intriguing, unsettling for its sound design, captivating and ultimately memorable as we progress through an electro-pop song and multi-layered soundscape of unpredictable yet satisfying elements. The mellow swagger of an eighties-esque drum line resounds from start to finish, carrying the concept and dreamy sentiments beautifully well.

In terms of the album’s concept and imagery, the five Balloons represent five specific memories – Love, Death, Changes, Peace, and Art. The title track emerges second in line and delves into this idea with artistic freedom of design and subtle fragments of jazz-kissed, free-flowing melody and instrumental expression.

With 'Throwing No Shadow' , the mood is initially haunting, cinematic and retro, later deeply moving, with that eighties twang now appearing in the vocal progression – a bold and beautiful melodic development that slowly envelops the listener and refuses to loosen its grip.
The dissonance between verse and chorus is powerful – you keenly await the switch, and with each revisit the song elevates itself all the more so. A definite favourite.

Given the fullness of the production throughout Balloons Of Memories, the lyrics occasionally take something of a backseat to the overall emotion applied by the completed sound. However, when the lyrics do reach out, they do so with a certain striking integrity and humanity. The wonderful Ensenada makes for a great example, breathy and complex yet smooth and moving in its humble guidance and story.

Injecting a hint of world music and shoegaze vibes alike, the closing track 'Avec Lui' marks a creatively uninhibited, intensely indie-like progression from choir-led delicacy to the weight and fuzz of a full-band set-up. Once again, contrast works its magic, and in true Arhkota fashion we’re left embraced by the unexpectedness and infectious groove of it all.

Produced and performed by multi-instrumentalist Arhkota, Balloons Of Memories also features the talents of a plethora of additional musicians and engineers, who no doubt helped bring to life the vast contemplations and creative threads in a timelessly engaging way.

In Memory of Neylenne Ramirez, Llona Bendl, Angelica Cota D., Mariano Márquez and Jorge Fisher, Balloons of Memories delves into the complexities of the past with piercing levels of depth, detail and devotion. (note by Rebecca Cullen) 2022.


released January 3, 2022


Produced by Arhkota.
Song by Arhkota and Rodiger.
Vocals,Lyrics by Lubna Maher.
Drums, Keyboards,Backgrounds Vocals / Lyrics by Arhkota.
Guitars by Josh Sonntag.
Keyboards by Rodiger.
Bass by Mayer Rod.
Mixed by Alex Bajos Miller at Stereo-type Recordings.
Tracked by Juan Martinez and Arhkota at Hallett Haus and Stereo-type Recordings.
Master by Erick Urbina at Reso Mastering.

Music,Produced by Arhkota.
Vocals, Lyrics by Jonathan Marquez.
Background Vocals by Emma Ejwertz and Arhkota.
Drums, Bass, Keyboards by Arhkota.
Electric and Acoustic Guitars by Juan Martinez.
Mixed by Alex Bajos Miller at Stereo0-type Recordings.
Tracked by Arhkota at Hallett Haus.
Master by Erick Urbina at Reso Mastering.

3- BALLOONS OF MEMORIES: (Dedicated to Neylenne Ramirez, Llona Bendl, Angelica Cota Delgado and Mariano Marquez.
Directed,Produced by Arhkota.
Shruti Box by Edgar Cota.
Clarinet by Frida De La Sota. (Courtesy of Lagunita Records)
Mixed by Alex Bajos Miller.
Recorded at Stereo-type Recordings and Lagunita studios.
Master by Erick Urbina at Reso Mastering.

Music,Produced By Arhkota.
Vocals, Lyrics by Lubna Maher and Arhkota.
Drums, Bass, Guitars, Organ, Keyboards, Hand Pans by Arhkota.
Trumpets by Lilly Aycud.
Sea Sounds by Tropico Modular.
Mixed by Alex Bajos Miller at Stereo-Type Recordings.
Tracked by Juan Martinez and Arhkota at Hallett Haus and Stereo-Type Recordings.
Master by Erick Urbina at Reso Mastering.

Music Produced by Arhkota

Music,Produced by Arhkota.
Vocals, Lyrics by Lubna Maher.
Drums, Rhodes, Keyboards, Background Vocals by Arhkota.
Bass by Alex Bajos Miller.
2nd Bass, Additional Keyboards by Ernesto Vivo.
Guitars by Josh Sonntag.
Mixed,Tracked by Alex Bajos Miller at Stereo-type Recordings.
Master by Erick Urbina at Reso Mastering.

Cover Desing by Ruben A. Tamayo.
Cover Picture by Arhkota.
Record Label: Dream74 (002)
Album was Recorded/Mastered in 2021 in Los Angeles,Ensenada, Mexicali and Mexico City.
ASCAP. Publishing 2022.


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Argel Cota/Arhkota is one of the most vibrant, versatile drummers in the alternative scene in Southern California and has gained respect in Latin America and Europe.

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