Released: 14th May 2012
Label: Marketstall Records
Hearts Are Pretty Heavy is the result of 7 years of what has been hard journey for songwriter Robert Rorison. Having to deal with the break up of a long term relationship, the loss of a couple of jobs, and several friends as Robert looked to pursue the sound he had envisioned in his mind must have been pretty terrible. Originally influenced by hip-hop, Robert Rorison soon discovered the sound of Leonard Cohen, Daniel Johnston and Elliott Smith and was soon set on the right pathway to the sound he had lost so much to find, and it’s finally displayed under the moniker Blue Balloon.
Featuring some absolutely beautiful instrumentation, Hearts Are Pretty Heavy perfectly details the struggle and the pain Robert Rorison has had to deal with over the last 7 years. The acoustic riffs are extremely catchy, with orchestral and percussive instruments accompanying them to help thicken up the atmosphere to achieve the perfect soundtrack to Rorison’s poetic lyricism and pained vocal delivery.
While Hearts Are Pretty Heavy is comprised on a lot of personal experiences from Blue Balloon, I think this is an album anyone can relate to. Everybody has to come to terms with a loss one day, whether that is a relationship, a family member, or a job, I do believe the emotions we feel would craft a sound similar to this album. It’s a beautiful listen and perfect for anybody who’s feeling a little down on luck lately.