For Those I Love
The project of David Balfe, the producer vocalist 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 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 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. Alongside significant breakthroughs at press and radio,, 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.