Daily Download: "Took Some Money," Troy Von Balthazar

A wonderfully spare song from an itinerant one-man band

Published May 11, 2006 8:01AM (EDT)

Troy Von Balthazar was once the lead singer of a Hawaiian band named Chokebore, and is now an itinerant solo artist who seems to spend most of his time traveling around France playing one-man-band shows with his guitar and an array of keyboards and effects. This song, from his self-titled 2005 release, has a deep melancholy to it in the slightly detached Beatles vein, and it's also an example of Balthazar's cannily spare sonic style, with his guitar joined first by a beat that almost sounds like a CD skip at first, then by a wonderfully tacky synth melody, ending with distorted guitar and little snatches of Balthazar's sampled vocal.

-- T.B.

By Salon Staff

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