I’ve never been to Ibiza, and the first I heard of the place was a mid-80s TV show called Ear Say, where Gary Crowley went on a Club 18 30 holiday there. There’s a scene in a club full of soap bubbles where this is playing, so it’s Balearic ground-zero for me.
I mean, I think the descriptor ‘pop that sounds good on an e’ isn’t bad. Doesn’t need to be any more complex than that - the sort of music you’d want to hear when you’re feeling happy dancing in the sun on the beach of a Spanish island. Some say it’s what the original island DJ’s used to play BITD, others say it’s a particular sound and tempo. I like eclecticism, so I tend towards the broadest interpretation of my initial description [edit: it’s not really my description, of course]
But you know how people like to categorize things…
Before going too far into what does or does not constitute ‘Balearic’, I thought the ‘haze’ that’s being referred to here is just a fairly standard 80s production sound - recording to analogue plus liberal use of multiple reverbs on various individual instruments…?
I find a great way to discover others takes on Balearic is to go to Discogs and search through users lists. Start by typing a few of the tracks above into the Discogs search bar to find the release page, often on the bottom right of the release pages you’ll see that various members have added them to lists called ’ Balearic This’ and Balearic That’ etc. Also Discogs have recently added a ‘Balearic’ style that releases can be tagged as, I’ve already tagged a fair few myself!