Balto came into being when lead singer and guitarist, Daniel Sheron, abandoned his life in Moscow, Russia and went alone into Siberia. Not exactly following in the footsteps of Justin Vernon’s exile but a journey that inspired the songs of their debut album October’s Road. This mellow album is steeped in American Roots and hangs itself on the indie folk hook that we like to play a lot of on Folk Radio UK.
Against an ever shifting backdrop of railways and desolate wastes, he wrote a cycle of songs to tell the story of what had happened in that strange country, why he had exiled himself, and why he thought it mattered.
In train cars and crumbling cities he encountered PEOPLE, and they inhabited the songs he was writing and the notes he was taking. In the fall, Daniel brought Balto back to America and called his friends to record an album in one day. On December 15, 2010, six people entered a basement in Brooklyn, New York and emerged that night with an album that no one had expected. October’s Road.
The results are great for a debut release. It has a raw enough feel to give it that live sound that over polished production ruins. The six piece band create a great sound that will appeal to many who enjoy the American Roots/Indie folk crossover and we think they’re a band to watch out for!