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Under an Endless Sky

by Balligomingo

UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY is the follow-up to their critically lauded 2002 debut album Beneath the Surface (BMG/Windham Hill). Blending the organic with electronic, Balligomingo delivers a mesmerizing sonic experience beautifully unique for their genre.
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1. Spinning (feat. Rebecca Ramone)
4:29 $0.99
2. A Beautiful Day
4:30 $0.99
3. I Just Tell Myself (feat. Rebecca Ramone)
3:43 $0.99
4. Letting Go
5:14 $0.99
5. Under and Endless Sky
4:25 $0.99
6. Sunshine in Rain
4:37 $0.99
7. Dream Believer (feat. Rebecca Ramone)
4:32 $0.99
8. New World
4:04 $0.99
9. Goodbye (feat. Rebecca Ramone)
4:37 $0.99
10. Over You (feat. Rebecca Ramone)
3:59 $0.99
11. You're a Star
4:08 $0.99
12. La Bonita
4:41 $0.99
13. Invitation
4:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
If sound had a travel and tourism department, BALLIGOMINGO’s Garrett Schwarz and Vic Levak would be at the helm. Along with lead vocalist and co-songwriter Jody Quine, the group has created a destination for music with their long-awaited second album UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY (Chrysalis Music Group). The new set deviates from the typical world production and delivers a fresh and compelling journey, breaking away from the pack with sultry acoustic guitar and gripping vocals.

UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY is the follow-up to their critically lauded 2002 debut album Beneath the Surface (BMG/Windham Hill), which featured Quine as a guest vocalist on “Purify.”

The group draws upon the unique skills of each member to deliver a mesmerizing sonic experience that is as vastly different from their first album, as it is any other group in their “lifestyle” genre. BALLIGOMINGO’s intention on UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY was to create a new musical experience by layering their ambient vibe with organic instrumentation and seductive female vocals. To achieve their full musical vision, the trio recruited Rebecca Ramone--whose vocals mix the blues with soul--as a guest on a few tracks. “We found that a few of the vocal melodies on the album have a folk element to them which Rebecca’s voice caters well to,” says Levak.

“We avoided using synths and drum loops where possible while working mainly with live instrumentation and dramatic effects to create a tranquil ambience” says Schwarz. “Also, Vic has an amazing ability to make an electric guitar sound intoxicating and ethereal and it’s really become the core sound of this album. Jody and Rebecca's vocals really pull it all together and I've done my best to arrange the parts into an intricate journey.

With the band members living in various cities across North America, the recording of UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY was created in a unique way, relying on technology while allowing the band to create the sound organically. Schwarz says, “On this album, we worked individually on pieces from our own home towns in Canada and the U.S. and sent them to each other via the web. We took our time, and the process was much more laid back. When writing together, (long distance with the use of a phone and the internet) we allowed each writer to express themselves without pressure or opinions, developing a more fluid creative environment resulting in a distinct vibe that truly relies on each member’s skill.”

And what about the considerable amount of time between the first and second albums? Schwarz explains, “I really thought the first album was it and there wouldn't be another. When we made Beneath the Surface, there was a record deal in place that put a deadline in front of us that we were all racing to meet. After the album came out, we went our separate ways and were countries apart. Then our label was nixed from BMG, leaving our project homeless for the second album. Vic was really the driver pushing us all to get back to work. Life gets busy and it’s hard to find the time to coordinate the variables you need to make an album. But we felt obligated to not let the first album define who we are or want to become and thus felt a new album was paramount.”

UNDER AN ENDLESS SKY is a novel musical piece that takes ambient music in a new direction.

Guitars by Vic Levak
Keyboards & Programming by Garrett Schwarz
Vocals by Jody Quine & Rebecca Ramone
Additional Writing on 'Spinning' by Rebecca Ramone
Additional Writing on 'Over You' by Michelle Lewis (Courtesy of BEA the Dog Music/Razor & Tie Songs/ASCAP)
Additional Writing on 'I Just Tell Myself' by Patrick Upton Jr.
Acoustic Guitar & Piano on 'Dream Believer' by Jerry Sintich
Additional Piano on 'New World' by Geraldo Dominelli
Additional Programming & Piano on 'New World' by Zirque Bonner



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