Under the moniker Boy and a Balloon, multi-instrumentalist Alex Hall is ‘folk-centred’ indie artist who writes and sings songs which aim to transcend generations. Taking major influence from musical icons from his troubadour heroes of the 40’s right up to the 70’s, Boy And A Balloon is about the innocent and inevitable loss of something human, precious and innocent – so apparent in today’s fast paced and overwhelming technological world.
A London busker, and a session guitar player – touring extensively for Motown legend, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – Hall takes the gritty attitude of the capital city and the Mowtown label, and dismantles the idea of cleanness by accompanying his delicate vocals on his mainstay guitar; a bashed up 3/4 size nylon guitar through a StreetCube amplifier – to create glitchy and humanly imperfect timbre. Merged with a simplistic songwriting style to underpin and iron the creases out of the music, Boy And A Balloon attempts to create a new brand of idiosyncratic pop songs. It is a true and purposeful statement and philosophy that songwriting will shine through roughness.
Sometimes cerebral, sometimes serious – and yet, through genre, sometimes country, sometimes synth pop, Boy And A Balloon is ultimately versatile, honest and witty songwriting shaped in a form which makes you tap your foot, has a poke at you, puts an arm round you, makes you grin, makes you sad then makes you tap your foot again – just like all those classics did come before Don Mclean said the music died.
Using a DIY approach for live shows, Hall – as well as playing piano and trumpet, teams up with Leo Polchar (Cello/Mandolin), Fillip Johansson (Guitar/Vox) and Martha MacBean (Cello/Vocals/Bass) to create the core of the live sound – resulting in exciting and sometimes unexpected live performances.