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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.