Denise Dill | Heartbeat Balloon

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Heartbeat Balloon

by Denise Dill

Earthy Folk with a Queer Twist
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Full Steam (this Train Is Made For Graffiti)
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2. Figurine (but I Can't Draw)
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3. Etymology (so Then...make Up a Language Without Deadlines)
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4. Biomimicry (but First, Turn Off the Screens Because They Hypnoti
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5. Fiction (i'm Not Joking)
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6. Let It Go (if You Repeat It Enough It Might Happen)
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7. Lighten Up (this Is Serious)
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8. Repossess (don't Be So Possessive)
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9. Abandoned Houses (remember, Home Is Where the Heart )
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10. Topography (where's Home? I'm Horrible With Directions)
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11. Techtonic Plates (there's a Madness to This Method)
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12. Alchemy (its a Story About a Chemist Who Doesn't Like Chemicals)
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13. Labyrinth (and It's Dedicated to David Bowie)
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14. Stratosphere (i Wrote It On Helium)
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15. Radiotelescope (so That I Can See What You See...only Better)
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16. Evaporate (but I Fell Too Fast)
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17. Moth (if Only I Were An Insect...)
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Album Notes
"Every now and then a musician manages to climb over my high wall of standards long enough to make me want to hear more only after twisting my head sideways like a hound dog a couple of times before I realize what's hit me. Denise Dill got me up off my feet at the 30th National Women's Music Festival and my feet were tired!" - Kara Barnard, accomplished multi-instrumentalist

Fifteen-year-old Denise Dill began songwriting to impress a crush, but it soon became much more than a gimmick. Fresh out of high school, Denise attended Berklee College of Music, but her heart forever marked by this experience, drew her back to the organic landscape of rural southern Indiana.

Her homecoming resulted in the foundation of Orenda, a band formed with life-long friends Victor Birkle, Summer Roedel, and Nick Turpen. Orenda created a buzz in the Evansville community that is still being talked about and put out the album “Mediocrity” as a documentation of these efforts. A much needed void was filled by their original music and they stayed strong for a year, but parted ways soon after to pursue new directions.

In August 2004 Denise released a solo album which generated her first large scale tour called "The Rose Street on the Road Tour," with songwriters Lisa Sanders and Irina Rivkin. This self-titled CD encompasses the deep connections shared with her community, relationships, and the ecosystem. The album resonates with natural and mathematical patterns in nature, love, and loss.

Presently, this trans-identified folksinger has relocated to Lewiston, ME to continue sharing new CD “Heartbeat Balloon” as well as working with a non-profit organization called Lots to Gardens. The instrumentation of this CD is Denise’s debut on banjo and a revisitation to piano and guitar. The album was recorded in her bedroom and is a unique lens capturing the importance of localism while applying it to the unsustainable model of our global world. It features Jason Ellis playing bass and doing production on "Techtonic Plates" and "Labyrinth". The rest of the CD was homemade by Denise herself. As with all of Denise’s songs, they are created from the inside out and reveal a level of personal vulnerability that you might only expect to share with a loved one. Heartbeat Balloon, with its lush imagery feels more like visual art than audible.

This past May marked her third tour which she organized solo across the Midwest and Northeast. On her journeys to date, she has shared the stage with recognized U.S. artists Pamela Means, Alix Olson, Hamell on Trial, Girlyman, Edie Carey, Anne Heaton, Andrea Bunch and Aerin Tedesco, Jamie Anderson, Wishing Chair, Ember Swift, Trina Hamlin, and more. Denise took her tour international when she performed last fall at Ladyfest Ottawa. She has also performed at National Women's Music Festival and The Big Tado. The self-proclaimed "earthy-folksinger with a queer twist" continues to reinvent her music with fervor. Profoundly personal, political, and poetic Deniseís songs draw the listener in deep and hold on tight.


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stef shuster

This is one of the most elegant and creative pieces that Denise Dill has released. Her artistic maturity - stylistically, vocally, and musically – is apparent from start to finish within this cd, which seems more like a lengthy single composition because each song complements the next. Weaving together personal ruminations, quirky lived experiences, and emotionally weighty subjects in such a humble but equally empowering manner sets Denise Dill’s latest album apart from many other singer-songwriters’ who grapple with similar issues. Her unique approach to lyrics and musical instruments coupled with her willingness to challenge herself and others is evident throughout these songs and is part of what makes it such an amazing and moving album.

Melodies that rush your mind and please your heart
Heartbeat Balloon has to be DENISE DILL's best so far. You'll hear a treasure chest of meaningful words arranged into melodies that rush your mind and please your heart. Heartbeat Balloon is a powerful current streaming into your mind to stay for days.

Margaret Belton

The art that D-d-d-dill creates is like a jar of Home grown organic peach salsa
The music is so strong you can taste it. It is sweet, spicy, savory, organic, homegrown, lots of twists, sometimes complex, sometimes so simple, and oh so very delicious! This album makes you want to sit in a rocking chair on a front pourch in the fall while eating peach salsa, or wander out deep in the woods without knowing were you'll end up. When I heard this album, it brought me back to sweet home Bloomington IN were many memories of denise lie. Memories of campfires that turned into magical vibrant moments that made the world stop spinning to listen to her soulfull voice and honest lyrics. Denise has this perseption of life that you want to be part of. By listening to her music, you end up being part of it, and then life becomes that much sweeter.

Amanda Proctor

Its amazing! Like always. I've never heard a song by Denise that I haven't absolutely loved. It's unique, and touches my heart. Keeps me always wanting more. Never stop doing what you do so well!

Jaime McLeod

Get Ready to be Blown Away
On this breath-taking follow-up to her self-titled solo debut, singer-songwriter Denise Dill grows up. Flexing her songwriting muscles with a collection of richly-layered offerings, Dill reveals a level of poetic depth only hinted at in her earlier efforts. “Heartbeat Balloon” also shows off Dill’s remarkable instrumental virtuosity, incorporating a more experimental sound that is not only wholly satisfying, but also perfectly compliments the lush sensuality of her lyrics.


Phenominally Compelling
Multi-layered and gorgeous, 'Heartbeat Balloon' leaves you breathless and spinning. Denise's always intruiging guitar playing sets a compelling visual and emotional landscape for her raw and poetic lyrics. This album is both inspiring and heart-breaking. One rarely hears this caliber of truly original song-writing. Brava!