Singer/songwriter/actress extraordinaire Eszter Balint is set to release her long-overdue third album, Airless Midnight, on July 10. It was recorded in late 2014 and early 2015 in New York's Brooklyn Recording and Richmond's Montrose Recording, produced by JD Foster, and features masterful and provocative guitar work from Chris Cochrane, Marc Ribot, Dave Schramm, as well as distinctive vocal contributions from songstress Sam Phillips.
Eszter has been very busy for past few years. In 2014 she was making good progress writing material for the new album when out of the blue—after a long hiatus from acting—she was offered a part she couldn’t refuse. She agreed to be featured in a six-episode arc of Louis C.K.'s F/X series Louie, Season 4; her performance as his Hungarian girlfriend Amia earned her considerable critical praise. Eszter also improvised compositions, sang and played violin for the series. As soon as filming wrapped, Eszter returned to work on her album.
What resulted is Balint’s most confident effort to date. The lyrics are cohesive and support strong, if mysterious, narratives with a decisive cinematic feel. The accompanying tunes are varied and strategically eclectic in approach. There’s more rock and punk influence here, which gives way to an eerie, calm spaciousness. These songs are artful, sophisticated yet earthy, there's guts and grit and beauty too; it’s an eloquent expression of her life experiences.