We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Balance Problems

by yMusic

supported by
Steve Lawson
Steve Lawson thumbnail
Steve Lawson Wow. Exquisite chamber music, beautifully recorded. Favorite track: Balance Problems (Nico Muhly).
Benedikt Gfeller
Benedikt Gfeller thumbnail
Benedikt Gfeller what a fantastic record! Favorite track: The Human Plague (Sufjan Stevens).
Deidre House
Deidre House thumbnail
Deidre House Wow... this is REALLY good! Modern classical/ chamber music that has its own sound. If you thought classical music was dead, here's a counterexample. Atmospheric, cerebral, yet moving.

Found this on Mikaela Davis's recommendation page, and I sure am glad I looked. Favorite track: Safe Travels (Timo Andres).
Erik Källman
Erik Källman thumbnail
Erik Källman This album is my hideaway in public places - my very own portable, inflatable forest. Favorite track: Bladed Stance (Marcos Balter).
Laura Tenchio
Laura Tenchio thumbnail
Laura Tenchio It's wonderful! Just bought one copy and i guess it's going to play on a loop for some time - my flat mates just have to accept that :)
dierretaylor thumbnail
dierretaylor I absolutely LOVE this album. I heard you guys on NPR and instantly had to find out more! Favorite track: Music in Circles – Part 2 (Andrew Norman).
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      $8 USD  or more




Balance Problems is the sophomore release from yMusic -- a group of six New York City instrumentalists (Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Clarice Jensen, Alex Sopp, Hideaki Aomori, and Nadia Sirota) flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. The much-anticipated follow-up to 2011's Beautiful Mechanical (Time Out New York's #1 Classical Record of the Year) features stunning new compositions from Nico Muhly, Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Norman, Mark Dancigers, Jeremy Turner, Marcos Balter, and Timo Andres, all realized through the ensemble's striking performances. The album was produced by Son Lux.

Since their inception in 2008, yMusic has sought to bring a classical chamber music aesthetic to venues outside the traditional concert hall. Their unique configuration (string trio, flute, clarinet, and trumpet) has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Dirty Projectors to My Brightest Diamond-and more recently inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today's foremost composers. With this new release, world-class composition and peerless performances share the center-stage, as the group continues to develop their own intense, nuanced style around a host of new works.

Balance Problems operates in a different realm than traditional chamber music. The album's intricate sonic landscape is heavily impacted by genre-defying luminary Son Lux, who, after composing the title track to the group's debut, was brought on as producer and mixing engineer for Balance Problems. With his diverse background in electronic and experimental music, Lott helped push the project to new heights: the limits of the ensemble's six acoustic instruments are expanded to create a sonic tapestry of enormous depth and subtlety, all while maintaining the integrity of the musicians' original performances. What results is a sweeping, full-bodied listen that will entice fans of indie rock, baroque pop, and classical music alike.

yMusic's members have toured and recorded with top artists across genre lines such as Bon Iver, Paul Simon, Bjork, The National, Meredith Monk, Antony & the Johnsons, David Byrne, The New York Philharmonic, and Sufjan Stevens.


released September 30, 2014


all rights reserved



yMusic New York, New York

contact / help

Contact yMusic

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

If you like yMusic, you may also like: