We’re recording a new album!

After a year of working together in both New Orleans and Bulgaria, we’ve written a series of dark, watery original compositions and arrangements inspired by our surroundings, and are really excited about recording them!

This sophomore album, tentatively titled “In The Wake,” is a collection of mostly original songs that delve into themes of nature, water, fluidity, and the fragility of life. We’re excited to be recording with acclaimed engineers Mark Bingham and Chris Bloch (Piety Street Recording); and Mike Harvey (NOLA Recording Studio). We’ll also be working with Dave Cook ( Area 52 Studios), who mixed and mastered our previous releases and has a wonderful grasp on our sound.

Unfortunately, recording is expensive! If you’d like to help make this album a reality, please consider donating to our Kickstarter campaign, where you can pre-order a copy of the album and receive a variety of other fun rewards.

Blato Zlato’s debut full-length album features traditional Bulgarian and Eastern European melodies interpreted through languid, dark continuous arrangements and three-part vocal harmonies. The album draws inspiration from polyphonic vocal traditions and village-style dance tunes of Bulgaria and the Balkans, infusing tradition with a full, dreamy sound and elements of the Louisiana swamp.

Recorded by Tim Stambaugh at Word of Mouth Studios in New Orleans, LA, June 2016.  Mixed and mastered by Dave Cook, Area 52 Studios in Saugerties, NY. Cover artwork by Pippin Frisbie-Calder. Graphic design by John Rushing. Photography by Hunter King. Hand-pressed cover lettering by John Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Letterpress.

Blato Zlato’s second release of 2017: a limited edition golden 10″ record to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launch of the NASA Voyager golden record in 1977. VOYAGE (EP) was released at Blato Zlato’s galactic performance at the Music Box Village, “The Discovery of Voyager.” The record features the group’s original arrangement of the iconic Bulgarian song on the Voyager record, Izlel e Delyo Haidutin, as well as their original composition, Doncho I Stenata (Donald and the Wall).

Recorded April 2017 at Word of Mouth Studios in New Orleans, LA, and mixed by Dave Cook, Area 52 Studios. Jacket design by Annalisa Kelly and Lou Carrig. Label design by John Rushing. All photography courtesy of NASA.

Listen to Swamp Gold

Listen to VOYAGE (EP)

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A big thank-you to: Dave Cook, John Fitzgerald, Pippin Frisbie-Calder, Hunter King, John Rushing, Tim Stambaugh, Natalie Bartlett, Vassil Bebelekov, Şükrü Alp Beyarslan, Ena Day, Merima Kljuco, Donka Koleva, Rachel MacFarlane, Northern Harmony, Aslı Sonceley, Tzvetanka Varimezova, Crecent City International Dancers, Sarah Jacques, Julia Michaels, Biliana and Maria Grozdanova, Cameron Wheeless, Valya Balkanska, our Kickstarter supporters, and all our BZ friends and family.