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Balloon were an early 1990s duo from London, consisting of Ian Bickerton and David Sheppard. Their first and only album, Gravity, was released in 1992 by Dedicated, a British record label known for neo-psychedelia. Produced by Michael Brook the record featured contributions from Sarah McLachlan (on the track "Tightrope Walker") and James Pinker. Bickerton wrote the lyrics, while Sheppard provided the melodies and arrangements. The album was recorded mostly in New Orleans, at Daniel Lanois' studio. The duo toured the US in 1992, with percussionist James Pinker as a touring member. Bickerton and Sheppard met in 1988. They recorded more than 60 demo tracks before they were signed by Dedicated. Critic Eve Zibart of The Washington Post described the band's music as "a peculiarly soothing mix of Feargal Sharkey, Storyville, white soul, mild social unrest punk and Leonard Cohen." Jae-Ha Kim of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Balloon's music is atmospheric and winsome, with acoustic guitars caressing velvety voices."