6am Repeat is a recurring feature here at Folk Hive in which we stream the latest track that plays incessantly in the earbuds when we awake at that hour and imbibe massive amounts of coffee and cigarettes in preparation for the advancing day. Consider it your jam of the day — a sweet, sweet gift from me to you. I love you, dude.
It is no secret we are Balto devotees. We love not only the sum of all this band’s parts but indeed, even the individual parts themselves. There’s Hip Hatchet. There’s Dave, banjo man with a penchant for whiskey once enjoyed by former presidents. And of course Dan, the driving force behind Balto and all around lovely dude in general. The last Balto album ended up on last year’s Best Of list and the boys played the most fantastic house show for us, which forever endeared us to them…
But this, this song “Smokestacks”? Dare we say that it transcends October’s Road and takes this band to a whole new level? Yes, we dare say that. Dan’s songwriting has evolved and the music has taken a step up. The combination of those two things make for an absolutely lovely jam.
But really, all that is to say: HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS, YOU NEED THIS SONG IN YOUR LIFE. Seriously. Right now. Go get it. DUDE.