SWAMP GOLD (2017, Independent)

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.

The album’s cover art is an ink and watercolor painting by local artist Pippin Frisbie-Calder with lettering and graphic design by John Rushing. The CD features limited-edition iridescent lettering hand pressed by John Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Letterpress.

The tracks on our compact disc flow seamlessly into one another without break to create continuity in the listening experience; unfortunately we were not able to keep this effect for our digital release of single tracks. Digital download of each track will give you some cool songs, but purchase of the hard copy will provide a more holistic listening experience.

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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 cove lettering by John Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Letterpress.

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, and all our BZ friends and family.