Today, Irish singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist For Those I Love, born David Balfe, returns to announce his forthcoming debut album. The eponymous For Those I Love will arrive on March 26th via September Recordings, and to coincide with the announcement Balfe is also sharing the latest single and video from the record: “Birthday / The Pain.” The visual and song are some of Balfe’s most striking and disturbing work to date. The black and white visual is simultaneously beautiful and unnerving.
Balfe 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, the project 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.
At its core, the forthcoming album pays tribute to Balfe’s best friend and former bandmate, Paul Curran, who passed away in 2018. Following Paul’s tragic death, Balfe 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.