Jackson Balling

Jackson Balling


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Jackson Balling

Title
Staff Writer at MindEqualsBlown / Host of Last Exit on WOMM The Radiator 105.9 FM
Bio
A 20 year old wordsmith/music critic/bizarro musician that likes Buffalo sports teams.
Expertise
radio, music industry, social media, creative writing, emerging artists, editing, music writing / blogging, music journalism, radio hosting, non-profits
Interests
indie rock, punk, hardcore, rock, music, alternative rock, video games, ambient, post-hardcore, experimental, vinyl, grunge, film / video, progressive rock
Location
Burlington, VT

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Corban Koschak submitted media.

The Night by This Pale Fire

Jackson Balling

This track boasts complete confidence in its "quiet-loud" approach, which is matched by excellent instrumentals and poignant lyrics. It is simply a very moving track and I enjoyed it very much. 

Kai Matthiesen submitted media.

Jackson Balling

The beat is very catchy and I really enjoy the balance of the mix with everything that's going on in the track. I typically don't like this type of sound but this song stands out to me.

Chris Naish submitted media.

Give Me Just A Little Fame by Scratch Buffalo

Jackson Balling

I enjoy this track more than the last one you sent me, but it still could be much stronger if the instrumentals were allowed to blast and the vocals held more energy than they do. A more abrasive approach would really make this a great garage rock track.

Samuel Murphy submitted media.

Jackson Balling

Following the last track sent by you, I now have a greater understanding of your sound. This song builds up very carefully over time before weaving its way through vocal tracks and its backbone of a beat. The lyrics are what really got me. They are incredibly despondent and not what I would ever expect some a sound like this, which is an amazing strength that I wish more people would utilized. This feels like the end of an EP or full-length and I really hope it is when your EP releases.

jordan parker submitted media.

The Haunting by Mara

Jackson Balling

This track fits the title very well, right off the bat. Without any impression of the rest of the EP/album this track was included in, it feels like an interlude track that's meant to slow everything down for the listener to offer another perspective of your sound. If that was intentional, then it is very well done.

jordan parker submitted media.

Jackson Balling

The flow of this song surprised me about halfway through, when the guitars proved themselves to be leading the track while the vocals and drums followed in spectacular fashion. The lo-fi vocals and reverb-filled guitars really complement each other well in this short track, and when mixed with the blasting drums of the chorus the song really takes off and satisfies throughout.

jordan parker submitted media.

Shades by Mara

Jackson Balling

This track is more quirky than the others, perhaps because the vocals stand out in the mix more than ever before. I hear some Jack Steadman tones among the noise which works wonders with this sound that you've created with this release. The song goes by fast but drew me in immediately, and I have much love for that reoccurring creep of a riff that comes in past the fade in.

jordan parker submitted media.

Diamonds by Mara

Jackson Balling

This being the second track I've heard from this group I've got to say that it really helps me understand the sound a lot better. The lo-fi sound is wonderfully executed and it keeps me engaged to the great guitar work and almost haunting vocals.

John Masters submitted media.

Privacy Policy by Harness Flux

Jackson Balling

This track really creeps along in the best way. The mix of the vocals is difficult to hear at times but more often than not it complements the guitar tones beautifully. Just a great track overall.

Jake Morley submitted media.

Falter by Jake Morley

Jackson Balling

I can hear your hard work in the lyrics and theme of this track, and it really pays off. It is extremely polished and the unique guitar technique you utilize is incredible on its on and even better when mixed in with the other instrumentals. Your vocals are confident and flow expertly with the rest of the track. Simply put, you caught me off-guard with this and I want to hear more right now. Beautiful song all around.

Samuel Murphy submitted media.

Dreamer by Umiaq

Jackson Balling

The vocals are washed out in the reoccurring beat and aura of mystery that this track provides. As a single track, this sound is very powerful and enjoyable. If the sound were to be repeated throughout an EP, I don't believe it would be as special as this song makes it.

Lucas Martinez submitted media.

Speakeasy by The Hollow Threads

Jackson Balling

The mystery of this track works amazingly with the flowing vocals amid a minimal beat and what sounds like a repeated sample of what sounds like a breath. It all works together very well, this is the type of track I would but on a sleep playlist.

John Masters submitted media.

Paper Route by Harness Flux

Jackson Balling

This track does a great job keeping my head moving with the beat of the drums, which are easily my favorite element of the sound. The guitar tones sway from complementing them and the vocals to being on their own, and its a really pleasing approach. The hushed vocals really take the cake though - they were very memorizing. This song leaves me wanting more.