Balmes (A Better Life)

"Balmes (A Better Life)"
Single by Ian Pooley featuring Esthero
from the album Since Then
Released 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Length 3:39 (single version)
6:52 (album version)
Label V2 Records
Writer(s) Ian Pooley
Ian Pooley singles chronology
"Coração Tambo"
Esthero singles chronology
"O.G. Bitch"

"Balmes (A Better Life)" is a song by German DJ Ian Pooley. Two versions of the song exist: an instrumental version, which was included on his 2001 album Since Then;[1] and a single version, which was successful in the United States[2] and the United Kingdom,[3] and featured vocals from Canadian singer/songwriter Esthero.[4] The single version was also featured as a hidden track on some editions of Since Then.[1] A VHS single, featuring the song's music video, also received limited release.[5]

Music video

An animated music video for "Balmes" exists. It features an animated Esthero singing the song, and a man falling asleep in a house, which floats off the ground.The video also features imagery of a dirigible floating through a city.[6]

Commercial performance

The song performed moderately well, charting in the US and the UK.[2][3] In the United States, the song debuted on the Dance Club Songs chart dated September 8, 2001. It spent a total of 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 34.[2] In the UK, "Balmes" debuted on their Official Singles Chart at number 65, on the chart dated November 8, 2001. The following week, it slid to number 95, then off of the chart completely. The song remains Esthero's only charting single in the UK.[3]


Chart (2001) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 65
US Dance Club Songs[2] 34


  1. 1 2 Bush, John. "Ian Pooley Since Then review". Allmusic. RhythmOne. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Esthero - search results". Billboard. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "OFFICIAL SINGLES CHART RESULTS MATCHING: BALMES". Official Charts. The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  4. "Ian Pooley feat. Esthero – Balmes (A Better Life)". Discogs. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  5. "Ian Pooley – Balmes (A Better Life)". Discogs. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. "Ian Pooley Feat. Esthero - Balmes (A Better Life)". YouTube. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
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