Valleys “Ordinary Dream”

By Brad Reno on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011  |  3,417 views


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If the phrase “dream-pop” were to come up in a word association exercise, what are the words that would most likely be blurted out? Droning. Shimmering. Psychedelic. Shoegazing. Quiet. Loud. Subconscious. Dreamlike. Subliminal.

With the track “Ordinary Dream,” Montreal three-piece Valleys aims to hit as many of those descriptors as possible and chalk up a pretty respectable hit rate. “Ordinary Dream” begins as a quiet, delicate bit of circular guitar patterns and percolating electronic percussion blended with hushed female vocals before exploding into a noisy burst of roaring, wrenching guitars. It sounds like a Beach House session suddenly being taken over by Glenn Branca’s guitar orchestra.

As with other current bands like A Sunny Day in Glasgow, The Helio Sequence, and the aforementioned Beach House, Valleys are creating music that honors their forerunners in the dream-pop genre while attempting to put their own stamp on it. Right now, their work consists of beautiful echoes of Slowdive, Mazzy Star, Galaxie 500, Cranes and My Bloody Valentine – but if at present the young band is having an “Ordinary Dream,” they show every indication that given time they’ll likely be crafting extraordinary ones.

“Ordinary Dream” is the second of three tracks on Valleys’ Stoner EP, released in November by Semprini Records.

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1 Comments For This Post

  1. miggs Says:

    great loud section