Valley Girl is the solo artist incarnation of East London songwriter, musician and producer Valerie Perkins, whose previous work as a member of Yellow Book and various studio collaborations won her high praise (“ambitious, and elegantly sophisticated” – The Times) and some influential friends, among them Tim Goldsworthy, with whom she worked for several years before he moved to New York to form DFA.
However, the distance was no obstacle to their continuing partnership, which bears fruit in two tracks on ‘Glamorous World’ being produced by Goldsworthy and James Murphy. Also working behind the boards on most of the album is acclaimed film-maker Dominic Leung, and talented pianist and all-round sound specialist David Brodie. But it’s Valley Girl’s own vocals, writing, arranging and production skills that give ‘Glamorous World’ it’s depth and emotional resonance.
Originally released on download only in December 2007, digital sales have steadily grown through word of mouth and press reaction has been so strong that it only took one spin of the promo CD for us here at Cargo to jump at the chance to partner up with Valerie for a full physical release.
This multi-textured amalgamation has been a while in the making, yet ironically, it’s arrival coincides with the return from exile of Portishead, the band who created the template sound to which ‘Glamourous World’ will be most obviously compared, but that’s not as short-sighted an indiator as it might seem, as this is no mere off-the-peg modern blues of the type that flooded the schedules in the years immediately following the release of ‘Dummy’.
Valley Girl’s vocal style carries the kind of unforced and naturally expressive range that communicates an undeniable personal truth; real depth in it’s plaintiveness, heartfelt soul in it’s desire, and the yearning ache of loves won or lost. Meanwhile, the playing and production across the album’s nine pieces ranges from smokey piano jazz to funked-out string-laden nu-spoul, from folk-infused lo-fi to swelling cinematic romance, from hip-hop influenced cut-up breaks to bass-heavy retro-electro, with each track a perfect foil for the moods and atmospheres evoked by the lyrical themes and vocal performances. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes, ‘Glamorous World’ carries no excess musical baggage and stands as a concise statement of intent from an artist cleary destined for a bright future.
Valley Girl - Glamorous World
Format: CD Album
Catalogue Number: SDLP001CD
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Sick Dog
Release Date: 9 June 2008
7.Power To You Child
9.Wild Whisper Sweet
Dominic Leung ( Marsheen/ Hammer And Tong)
Lascelle (7 Hurtz)
Chris Bailiff (Position Normal)
Darren Morris Thomas Napper
На мой взгляд абсолютно милейшая группа, не по праву оставшаяся совсем неизвестной.
Её звучание можно охаракиеризовать по разному, но в целом это какая то фантастическая
и весьма светлая меланхолия, как если бы Portishead слезли с героина и подружились с Бьёрк )
Судите сами. Кто помогал делать эту пластинку написано выше.
Наслаждайтесь. Чертовски редкая вещь!