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We are Balún, a Brooklyn-based electronic dream pop band originally from Puerto Rico. Help us record and produce our new album!
We are Balún, a Brooklyn-based electronic dream pop band originally from Puerto Rico. Help us record and produce our new album!
We are Balún, a Brooklyn-based electronic dream pop band originally from Puerto Rico. Help us record and produce our new album!
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Prisma Tropical: A New Album by Balún

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Hi! We are Balún, a Brooklyn-based electronic dream pop band originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. We were brought together by our love of pop, experimental, and electronic music... plus a mutual soft spot for unusual instruments, sweets, dogs, and guilty pop karaoke sessions. 

Over the last 12 years we have released quite a few things: two albums, several EPs, singles and official remixes for artists like El Columpio Asesino & Algodón Egipcio. We’ve played in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada and the U.S. in festivals like Decibel Fest, Pop Montreal and NYC Popfest. Other supercool presentations we’ve put together include interactive concerts for children and live film scores (btw, if you’re interested in a collaboration, hit us up!).

¡Hola! Somos Balún, una banda de “dream pop” electrónico originaria de San Juan, Puerto Rico, y basada en Brooklyn. Nos unieron nuestro amor por la música pop, experimental y electrónica, además de un cariño especial por instrumentos curiosos, dulces, perros y sesiones de karaoke de temas de pop que consideramos placeres inconfesables. 

En los últimos 12 años hemos logrado bastante a nivel musical: hemos lanzado dos álbumes, varios EP, sencillos y remezclas oficiales para artistas como El Columpio Asesino y Algodón Egipcio. Nos hemos presentado en Puerto Rico, México, Canadá y Estados Unidos, en festivales como Decibel Fest, Pop Montréal y NYC Popfest. Otras presentaciones súper geniales que hemos llevado a cabo han sido conciertos interactivos para niños y bandas sonoras en vivo. (De hecho, si quieres hacer una colaboración con nosotros, ¡avísanos!)

Why are we asking for help? / ¿Por qué pedimos ayuda?

The last 5 years have been spent working on songs that explore our Caribbean roots as influenced by NYC’s vibrant electronic music scene. These combine lush tropical sounds with introspective lyrics that wander through whimsy, melancholy, escapist daydreams, and irrational fears, creating a sense of contemplation that veers into the surreal.

Durante los pasados 5 años, hemos trabajado en canciones que exploran nuestras raíces caribeñas y cómo han sido influenciadas por la dinámica escena musical de la ciudad de Nueva York. Estas combinan exuberantes sonidos musicales con letras introspectivas que recorren ensueños de fantasía, melancolía y escapismo, así como miedos irracionales, para crear una sensación contemplativa que gira en torno a lo surreal.

DIY is the only way we’ve known; we’ve self-produced, self-recorded and self-released most of our music. This time around we have bigger plans and we need your help to make it happen. 

We want to work on this project in a professional studio environment, allowing us to focus on the creative aspects of making music. This is where our friend, producer Lawson White comes in.

La vía “hazlo tú mismo” es la única que conocemos; hemos producido y lanzado casi toda nuestra música por cuenta propia. Ahora tenemos planes más ambiciosos y necesitamos tu ayuda para llevarlos a cabo. 

Queremos trabajar en este proyecto dentro del ambiente de un estudio profesional, ya que nos permitirá concentrarnos en los aspectos creativos de la producción musical. Aquí es donde entra nuestro buen amigo, el productor Lawson White.

Producer Lawson White
Producer Lawson White

Working out of Studio G Brooklyn, our buddy Lawson is an NYC-based producer known for his work with new music ensembles Alarm Will Sound and So Percussion. He’s also worked with Chromeo, Matmos, Bryce Dessner (The National) and Glenn Kotche (Wilco)... and, most importantly, Shakira. Yes, *that* Shakira, mom.

Lawson’s not just a producer... as a creative percussionist (with a beautiful beard, btw), he’s able to approach things from a musician’s perspective. In short, he’s the perfect fit.

Basado en la ciudad de Nueva York, Lawson trabaja como productor en Studio G Brooklyn y se ha destacado por su trabajo con los conjuntos musicales Alarm Will Sound y So Percussion. También ha trabajado con Chromeo, Matmos, Bryce Dessner (de The National), Glenn Kotche (de Wilco) y, más importante, con Shakira. Sí, mamá, leíste bien: Shakira. 

Lawson no es solo un productor; como percusionista creativo (con una hermosa barba), siempre aborda situaciones desde el punto de vista de un músico. En resumen, es el recurso perfecto.

Costs / Costos

Your pledge will help us:

  • bring in Lawson White as producer 
     - pre-production
     - album production 
  • record in a professional studio
    - studio rental
    - audio engineer
    - assistant engineer 
  • mix the songs
    - studio rental
    - mixing engineer 
  • master the album
    - studio rental
    - mastering engineer
  • commission awesome artwork (album, poster, postcard) by NYC design collective Eye Bodega
  • put together some crazy-cool rewards for all of you!
Tu patrocinio nos permitirá:
  • incorporar a Lawson White como productor
    - preproducción
    - producción del álbum 
  • grabar en un estudio profesional
    - alquiler del estudio
    - ingeniero de sonido
    - ingeniero auxiliar
  • mezclar las canciones
    - alquiler del estudio
    - ingeniero de mezcla
  • producir un máster del álbum
    - alquiler del estudio
    - ingeniero de masterización 
  • comisionar el brillante trabajo artístico (álbumes, pósteres, tarjetas postales) del colectivo de diseño Eye Bodega basado en la ciudad de Nueva York
  • ¡preparar las súper buenas recompensas para todos ustedes!
Studio G Brooklyn
Studio G Brooklyn
Poster by Eye Bodega
Poster by Eye Bodega

Rewards / Recompensas

As the campaign progresses we will be receiving more reward mock-ups from Eye Bodega. Be sure to come back here and check them out!

A medida que la campaña progresa, estaremos recibiendo más diseños de las recompensas de Eye Bodega. ¡Asegúrate de regresar aquí para verlos!
Balún postcard by Eye Bodega (5x7 matte postcard)
Balún postcard by Eye Bodega (5x7 matte postcard)

Balún tote bag by Eye Bodega / bolso de tela
Balún tote bag by Eye Bodega / bolso de tela
Balún poster by Eye Bodega (11x17 risograph print)
Balún poster by Eye Bodega (11x17 risograph print)


Thanks for your support! / ¡Gracias por tu apoyo!

Risks and challenges

Realtalk, our main challenge would be time. This includes:

- securing studio time
- Lawson’s availability
- shipping times for rewards

As with any big project, this involves a lot of different people... which is great! This also means that a lot of different personal schedules need to be coordinated.

All this said, we have purposefully timed this campaign so that there shouldn’t be any problem in securing rewards by the estimated delivery dates.

Riesgos y desafíos:

Hablando en serio, nuestro mayor desafío es el tiempo. Esto incluye:

- asegurar el tiempo de uso del estudio
- la disponibilidad de Lawson
- los tiempos de envío de las recompensas

Como ocurre con todo gran proyecto, este involucra a muchas personas, ¡lo cual es genial! Pero esto también significa coordinar los horarios de disponibilidad de todas esas personas.
Dicho esto, hemos programado esta campaña intencionadamente para asegurar que no haya problemas con las fechas de envío de las recompensas.

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    PRODUCER'S PACKAGE ◙▒◙♫♩♬

    • stems of our dreambow single "Años Atrás" for remixing (non commercial use)
    • exclusive cassette EP with digital download
    • postcard
    • digital album

    • pistas individuales de nuestro sencillo de dreambow, “Años Atrás”, para remezclas (uso no comercial)
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    • 3D printed pixel coaster set (of four)
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    RETRO FUTURIST PACKAGE ヾ(⌐■_■)ノ♪

    • custom 12" clear vinyl autographed by the band with your two favorite Balún songs (one per side)
    • exclusive cassette of b-sides with digital download
    • tote bag
    • digital album

    • disco de vinilo transparente de 12" personalizado autografiado por la banda con tus dos canciones favoritas de Balún (una por cada lado)
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    GORDITOS IN ACTION (*´ڡ`●)

    • an afternoon with Balún for two (a tour of their favorite spots in Brooklyn) concluding with a special dessert tasting inspired by the music of Balún by The Domestic Sphere (transportation not included)
    • digital album

    • un pasadía con Balún para dos personas (no incluye transporte) para hacer un recorrido por sus lugares favoritos de Brooklyn concluyendo con una degustación especial de postres inspirados en la música de Balún, confeccionados por The Domestic Sphere
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    • DJ set by Balún in NYC or tri state area
    • custom 12" clear vinyl autographed by the band with your two favorite Balún songs (one per side)
    • exclusive cassette of b-sides with digital download
    • digital album

    • sesión de DJ de Balún en la ciudad de Nueva York o en el área triestatal
    • disco de vinilo transparente de 12" personalizado autografiado por la banda con tus dos canciones favoritas de Balún (una por cada lado)
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    • intimate concert in NYC or tri state area
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    • concierto íntimo de Balún en la ciudad de Nueva York o en el área triestatal
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    EL PATRÓN (̿▀̿ ̿Ĺ̯̿̿▀̿ ̿)̄

    • executive producer credit in the album
    • our eternal thanks
    • music box with an original melody composed just for you
    • custom 12" clear vinyl autographed by the band with your two favorite Balún songs (one per side)
    • exclusive cassette of b-sides with digital download
    • poster
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    • digital album

    • reconocimiento como productor ejecutivo en el álbum
    • nuestras eternas gracias
    • caja de música con melodía compuesta especialmente para ti
    • disco de vinilo transparente de 12" personalizado autografiado por la banda con tus dos canciones favoritas de Balún (una por cada lado)
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