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What's so good?
By hmcclure | Jun 22, 2013

Sydney band Valar have always had a pretty typical sound to their music -- a great sound, but one that you could class as "typically Valar." Well, they've completely ruined my generalizations of them on their latest release, spinning off into a pretty different style of music.

The band have an EP on the way, with Chocolate Cake due out at the end of July. The EP's first release, "Astronaut," was what I expected from them -- one part Radiohead, one part Grizzly Bear, with plenty of other quirks mixed in.

"Anoesis," however, caught me by surprise, but a surprise that really excites me once I listened to the track a couple of times. Much more electronically charged, the sampling and drum programming really opens up in the last third, after spending the majority of the track as a back-up to vocalist James Blackwood's Yorke-esque vocals.

This new twist really does it for me, and I really respect the fact that they've looked outside the box on "Anoesis." I'm really interested to hear what else they have in store for us on their EP.
Hugh McClure
Author: Hugh McClure
Hugh is based in Sydney, Australia, and lives in a world where music helps him function. Hugh's passion is sharing Australian music with the rest of t ... learn more →

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