Balam Acab

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Balam Acab
Birth nameAlec Koone
Bornc. 1991 (age 27–28)
OriginMechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Years active2010–present

Alec Koone (born c. 1991), better known by his stage name Balam Acab, is an American electronic musician and producer originally from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.[1][2][3]

Koone began creating hardcore and metal at the age of 13 with a group of musician friends.[2][3] While studying music at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York in 2009, he began to experiment with post-rock and ambient music.[3] He eventually dropped out of Ithaca College to focus on his music career.[3] He released his first EP, See Birds, in 2010,[4] which was followed by his first full-length album, Wander/Wonder, in 2011.[5] Wander/Wonder was recorded entirely in the same bedroom he slept in as a child and heavily incorporated Creative Commons-licensed nature recordings he found on the Internet.[6] His song "See Birds," title track of the See Birds EP, was featured in a L'Oreal mascara ad starring Beyoncé in early 2011.[6][7]

After a long hiatus, Balam Acab self-released his second official album, CHILD DEATH", on December 17, 2015[8] via Bandcamp. In April 2016, the album was pressed on vinyl and released by the DIY record label Orchid Tapes.[9] Since the release of CHILD DEATH, Balam Acab has released many singles and collaborations in a variety of styles through Soundcloud[10] and Bandcamp.[11]

Among numerous side projects and aliases, Balam Acab recently teamed up with producer Goodbye to form the duo hospice_dreams, releasing the debut demo "because i am true". A full release is expected to be released late 2018.

The name "Balam Acab" was taken from a rainbow-creating deity in Maya mythology that Koone learned about in Spanish class.[6][12][13]


  1. ^ Lester, Paul (December 2, 2010). "Balam Acab (No 922)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  2. ^ a b Richards, M. T. (December 15, 2011). "Balam Acab's Alec Koone Lives With His Mom, Quietly Reviving R&B". Phoenix New Times. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  3. ^ a b c d Lipshutz, Jason (October 19, 2011). "Balam Acab, Electronic Upstart, Preps First Live Shows Ever". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  4. ^ Park, Dave (July 5, 2010). "Album Review: Balam Acab – See Birds". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  5. ^ Yenigun, Semi (August 28, 2011). "First Listen: Balam Acab, 'Wander / Wonder'". NPR. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  6. ^ a b c Cooper, Duncan (August 23, 2011). "GEN F: Balam Acab". The Fader. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  7. ^ Brandon (January 27, 2011). "L'Oreal Gets Witch House: Balam Acab Soundtr∆cks Beyoncé Commercial". Stereogum. Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  8. ^ Matthew Strauss, "Balam Acab Releases Child Death", Pitchfork, December 17, 2015
  9. ^ Warren Hildebrand "So Happy to be Releasing Balam Acab's New Album", Orchid Tapes Blog, April 18, 2016
  10. ^ "BALAM ACAB | Free Listening on SoundCloud", Soundcloud
  11. ^ "Music | BALAM ACAB", Bandcamp
  12. ^ "Balam Acab: dream out loud". Fact. February 22, 2011. Retrieved 2015-10-24.
  13. ^ "Balam Acab". The New Yorker. November 17, 2011. Retrieved 2015-10-24.