The hounds that terrorize Kanye West’s song “Black Skinheads” videos will show you no mercy as they ravish your flesh in an instant. By comparison, the “Hounds” in the Valleys song are a more persistent, menacing threat that remain on your tail. The song is taken from Valleys’ album on Kanine Records Are You Going to Stand There and Talk Weird All Night? and the vocals are reminiscent of the haunting cover songs done by Belgian women’s Choir Scala and the Kolacny Brothers. The album itself is more varied leaving it to sometimes feel like a collection and there are other gems on it like “Absolutely Everything All the Time”, but it’s this one song that I can’t get out of my head and so, have to share with PopMatters’ readers.
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Fanfarlo’s website was updated recently with the following statement concerning the status of their new album. You can get a download of their new song “Myth of Myself” below for the price of your email. It sounds a bit looser than their last album, especially with the levity the flute part adds to it, so it will be interesting to see what direction the band takes on the new album.
Since making their mark with the addictive, immediate and undeniably Mazzy Star-indebted “Harsh Realm”, Widowspeak have gone janglier and introduced a more analog, folksy side to their smoky, “rural dream pop” sound.
Some bands just don’t have one “sound”. While leader (and sole constant member) Kevin Barnes’ distinctive voice is a fixture, over the band’s 17-year run their records have rolled up twee pop, glam rock, psychedelia, electronic music, and most recently funk and Afrobeat into the katamari that is their discography.