WATCH VISUALISER HERE
(HI-RES ARTIST PHOTO HERE | PHOTO CREDIT: RICH GILLIGAN)
Selected praise for For Those I Love: "It's a gift to be able to listen in" Pitchfork "Remarkable" The Sunday Times - Album Of The Week "A staggering album" The Independent - ✭✭✭✭✭ "Extraordinary debut" The Evening Standard - ✭✭✭✭✭ "A remarkable album" The Irish Times - ✭✭✭✭✭ "An exorcism of grief on the dancefloor” The Guardian - Album Of The Week - ✭✭✭✭ "An immaculate debut" NME - ✭✭✭✭✭ "The album we need” Dork - ✭✭✭✭✭
For Those I Love, the brainchild of Dublin producer and songwriter David Balfe, released his debut album to significant public and critical acclaim earlier this year. The album sits at #1 release of 2021 on review aggregator Album Of The Year and is 3rd Best Album Of 2021 on Metacritic. The record was celebrated as BBC 6 Music's 'Album Of The Day' and has already appeared in a number of mid-year best of lists at the likes of The Sunday Times, Pitchfork, NME, CLASH, and more. He has also recently been nominated for a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in the 'Best Contemporary Song' category for track 'Top Scheme'. For Those I Love is available now on LP, CD and DL via September Recordings.
Following previous remixes by Overmono and Finn, today For Those I Love share a remix from Ela Minus whose critically-acclaimed debut album, Acts Of Rebellion, landed on Domino in 2020. The Columbian-born and Brooklyn-based artist adds a new-found propulsion to 'You Stayed / To Live'. Percussive and resonant, her remix forges an early morning club imprint upon a track that lyrically evokes early memories and that emotes and exhales on past experience still clear and present. WATCH VISUALISER FOR "YOU STAYED / TO LIVE (ELA MINUS REMIX)" HERE
On the remix, David said, "Ela’s work has fascinated me with the texture and atmosphere imbued in each crevice and sound. Hearing that same delicacy, alongside a determined venom in this remix was a true gift. It’s beautifully intoxicating, and I’m so proud to have played a part in this piece of art."
Ela Minus says ""For Those I Love" means a lot to me. Each track on his album arrived when I needed it the most. I'm a huge fan of him and his work and so I'm so grateful he asked me to do this, this is my favourite remix I've ever made. I want it to feel like it's 3am and you are dancing while waiting for your friend at coat check."
Last month, For Those I Love also shared a football-themed video for 'To Have You' that premiered with The FADER. It successfully and poignantly captures the real-life community and sense of life that exists around a football club, and in this case Shelbourne FC, a League Of Ireland club that David and friends passionately support to this day, with Shels - as they're affectionately known by fans - even making an appearance on the cover of the album. On that cover a fan holds a flare aloft from the terraces, set alight at 27 minutes to represent the 27 years of age at which they lost Shelbourne fan, and David's best friend, Paul Curran. The club's shared stadium, Tolka Park, where David and his friends would go on to scatter Paul's ashes, is currently under threat. You can read more about the Save Tolka Park campaign here. WATCH VIDEO FOR 'TO HAVE YOU' HERE
As well as the Ela Minus' remix landing today and the recent video for 'To Have You', For Those I Love will be making their first visit to the UK in October for six dates here in Glasgow, London, Bristol & Manchester.
All six shows are now sold out: October 17th - Audio, Glasgow (SOLD OUT) October 19th - Courtyard Theatre, London (SOLD OUT) October 20th - Courtyard Theatre, London (SOLD OUT) October 21st - Courtyard Theatre, London (SOLD OUT) October 23rd - Louisiana, Bristol (SOLD OUT) October 24th - Deaf Institute, Manchester (SOLD OUT)
At its core, the self-titled album pays tribute to Dave’s best friend and former bandmate, Paul Curran, who passed away in 2018. Following Paul’s tragic death, Dave locked himself away in his home studio for months, ultimately recording over 76 songs that would eventually be condensed down to form the basis of his debut album. The result is an incredibly beautiful, raw and uncompromising 9-track project addressing grief and catharsis, an important record that could only emerge from an entirely honest place. Introduced to the world last year through the hard-nosed, beautiful eulogy of debut single 'I Have A Love' and the socio-political ruminations of its follow-up 'Top Scheme', early 2021 he announced the details of his much-anticipated debut album via September Recordings alongside a third single, the electric "Birthday / The Pain", paired to a remarkable video forged through a process called photogrammetry (WATCH). Alongside significant breakthroughs at press and radio over the last year, David performed live for the first time ever under the For Those I Love moniker in November on Later... with Jools Holland, delivering a performance ingrained with such emotional weight that For Those I Love was to go on to trend on Twitter soon afterwards. Watch 'I Have a Love' (Live on Jools Holland) HERE
David first began work on For Those I Love as a chance to write frankly about the struggles he and his friends faced while growing up in north Dublin. Anecdotally and otherwise, For Those I Love documents the harsh realities of a daily life up against it, and holds a mirror up to the clear disparity between a working class upbringing and the lack of opportunity that remains to this day. The self-titled debut album from For Those I Love is out now on September Recordings.