The Valkarys are part of an ever-growing quantity of psyched-up garagey rock bands, a style they do very well at. But what is more individual about them is their audible fondness for the sounds and styles of desert-USA as imagined by Westerns. This is what gives the Since I Was Fifteen EP a real flavour of its own. 10” vinyl release, pressed onto orange wax.
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I'm trying to get enthused by the Valkarys brand of laid back psychedelic music and there are moments when I'm shuffling in my chair almost breaking into a small sitting down jig. Mainly this occurs on 'The Time's Today' which moves along pretty nicely with nods to the Feelies and Brian Jonestown Massacre. They are content with just a few simple chords rolling over and a guitar twiddling about for variation. The song is the classic example of how backing vocals can compliment and contrast and they really help sweeten the grainy growl of leader Scott Dunlop's bark.
Despite coming from bitterly cold Scotland the band have a very American sound which reminds me of Mazzy Star especially on 'Crazy Shoes' which slows down the pace to that of a sloth traversing a desert. As with a lot of music of this ilk they straddle the line of competent bar band a couple of times but there's plenty of inspired moments to suggest they'd be the perfect support band for the next time Brian Jonestown Massacre slog around the country.
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