Arms of Kismet Drops 'Ballast and Bromides'

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Album sees the state of the union through a personal lens.

U.S. independent label Wampus Multimedia introduces ‘Ballast and Bromides,’ a topical return for Northern Virginia's Arms of Kismet.

Is the album about politics? Or is it personal? Maybe opener “Bathysphere” ("One arm reaches left / the other arm is dead") is about the American system, or maybe it’s about a health issue. Either way, something needs to give. Something has to change.

Throughout 'Ballast and Bromides,' Arms of Kismet leavens the bop with tones shimmering and strident. “The Corner” conceals tomorrow’s love or loss. “Zanzibar” mourns an idyll unrealized yet celebrated in defiance. “Be There” and “True North” ponder the virtues and perils of staying the course and of starting anew.

In the end, singer-songwriter Mark Doyon takes a step around the ever-present corner. Is the past a comfort? a caution? a storage locker packed with baggage?

And youth? As we live and breathe, gratitude ascends.

'Ballast and Bromides' was recorded at The Crow's Nest in Winchester, Virginia, and features appearances by Kowtow Popof, Neil Luckett (of tvfordogs), and Doyon's former Wampeters bandmates Scott Goodrick and Eamon Loftus.

Arms of Kismet summons a warm, analog vibe that sounds as natural in a coffeehouse as it does on a car radio. Guitars and dancebeats coat sugary melodies and fractured lyrics, blending genres in offbeat and revelatory ways. Brooding and poppy, funny and foreboding, it’s toe-tapping, tragicomic rock ’n’ roll.

‘Ballast and Bromides’ joins a Wampus Multimedia roster that includes recent and imminent releases from tvfordogs, Uncle Green, Ali Zagame, Sleep 13, Waterslide, Big Bus Dream, Aux.78, The Crowd Scene, Gilbert Neal, the matthew show, The May Bees, Johnny J Blair, and Kowtow Popof, as well as popular tributes to Jonathan Richman, Lou Reed, and Warren Zevon.

Wampus Multimedia is an independent media label run by artists, for artists. Its credo is simple: to introduce the world to bold content rendered by unique artists. It is home to a growing roster from a variety of genres, including pop, AAA, Americana, alternative, ambient, blues, and folk.

‘Ballast and Bromides’ is available at Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, Bandcamp, and many other outlets.

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