• 12
  • 09
  • 2019
  • 07.30
  • pm

Balloon Machine presents Merival w/ Elk

Please note this is an 18+ event

Following the success of our first Balloon Machine Presents evening with GHUM, we’ve confirmed Toronto singer-songwriter Merival as the headliner for edition two! We’ve also confirmed Leeds’ acoustic extraordinaire Elk for the evening.

‘Balloon Machine Presents’ are nights curated by the Balloon Machine blog, where we put on our favourite artists featured on the website https://balloonmachine.net/


Merival is Torontonian singer-songwriter Anna Horvath, drawing inspiration from tension and gathering from the romantic and familiar with practiced vulnerability. She gained recognition in 2016 with the critically acclaimed EP Lovers, and released her debut full-length album Lesson on June 21st, 2019. Her songs carry questions, exploration, and an expectation of philosophical growth. Full of folk lyricism, experimental instrumentation, and a sweeping dynamic range, she strives to make sense of the key arresting moments of life.

“Poignant and oddly beautiful” – Clash
“Merival’s emotional depth is heavy and drawn out in her soft voice” – The 405
“The minimal aesthetic and fragility that Horvath presents weighs of a tight grip letting go” – EARMILK
“A vision that can shape the complexities of human workings into short, sharp pop songs” – Gold Flake Paint
“‘Lesson’ features delicate songs with rich internal explorations as well as songs that swerve with a sense of unruliness” – 8/10 Exclaim!


Elk is 21 year old Leeds based multi-instrumentalist Joey Donnelly, whose brooding and beguiling work on debut album Beech marries up the sound of Daudi Matsiko, Florist and Talons with the lyrical depth of Phoebe Bridgers. Family is embedded in Elk. The 7 songs that make up Beech were written and recorded at the family home in York, over a 6-month period. Like a family, the songs envelope you in a trusting warmth; Joey lays himself bare, as his honest songs slowly welcome and wash over you. The songs are a personal reflection on relationships, loss and growth, all told with the openness of family. Elk has just finished a UK tour with 60s Californian icons LOVE.

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