By Devin Duckworth | November 15th, 2010
In a world chalk full of dream pop and experimental music, intimate musical enrichment can be hard to come by. Unfolding out of the depths of glittering soundscapes comes Valleys, a psychedelic group that experiments with lo-fi electronic, progressive indie, and temperate shoegaze.
Stoner, their latest album released November 9, is at three-song EP saturated with powerfully dark and mesmerizing vocals combined with a collection of jagged arrangements that blend into beautiful ambiguity.
When listening to “Ordinary Dream,” you feel as though you are falling through a cloud-filled sky, and almost instantaneously you come crashing into the ocean, constructing endless waves of reverberant guitar strumming and a glimmering blackness.
Stoner, although a short album, is full of juxtaposing musical intensities that send you on electronic propulsions to a dark unknown and haunt your ears with mild and mysterious vocals. Bizarre and almost meditative, I’m shocked to see that Valleys’ hushed power can be so stimulating. These folks effectively create delicate landscapes that tempt you inside with darkly obscure incantations and intricate sensibilities.
It is apparent that this EP is all about inducing sentiment, and Valleys validates that they are more than adept to such duties. While only having three tracks, Stoner weaves a tale that’s told very well –- whether it’s an anecdote or folklore — and the EP leaves the listener wanting more.