Reverb-heavy slowness from Bay Area lifers Valet. A collaboration between Honey Owens, Fauria and Mark Burden, Nature is a shimmering shoegazey effort that’s as expansive as it is organic in sound. Fans of the My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive revivalist aesthetic take note. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Kranky.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 22 May 2015
The opening track ‘Sunday’ on this unassuming looking album sounds so much like a track off Slowdive’s ‘Pygmalion’ that you can see why the people at Kranky snapped the Kit Kat when they heard it. It features washes of Cocteau’s-like guitar, ethereal vocals soaring away before opening up into the kind of epic track that will have middle aged men everywhere wishing they could grow a fringe again.
In fact the album often reminds me of how a fully realised version of the Dreamscape re-issue Kranky unleashed a couple of years ago might sound. They don’t just hark back to the golden years though, tracks like ‘Nature’ have nods to Beach House, Mazzy Star and Broadcast in them providing an immediately satisfying coagulation of some of the finest bands to emerge in the last couple of decade. Elsewhere there are hints of Cowboy Junkies and Brian Jonestown Massacre as the band hit the sweet spot between their hazy ‘60’s influences and their...um hazy influences.
On first couple of plays they have some potentially killer twists and turns up their sleeves. If you like any of the bands just mentioned I think you are going to like this. Thanks Kranks.
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