Balun’s “Something Comes Our Way,” with a colorful sticker, promotes itself as “Puerto Rican Electronic-Acoustic Pop,” with a little man, on a circular skateboard, yelling “Muy Bueno!” Very funny. On Brilliante, the record finds humor and melancholy equally among blips and bleeps, organ sounds and whistles, synthetic strings attached and inventive beat programming. It would be unfair to label it IDM—it’s far too melodic to deserve that stamp—and the record’s pop elements strike early and often, like on the second track, the illustrious and sentimental “A Surprise.” The eighties synth rhythm of “People,” matched with Angelica Negron’s Mum-esque vocals, buried in the mix, stretches beyond any derivative nature with an electronic-accordion breakdown, and then back to the dance-inducing, celebratory verse. Balun’s a nice find, inventive in its childlike melodies and even relaxing at certain striking, sad moments. (Tom Lynch)
July 20 at Schubas.