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.
The water’s rising, eclipsing ocean reaching that diamond crown that you like to wear.
But it’s only la la la life you’re losing you know there are more important things.
There is no hiding now or ever
There’s no escape for us it seems
This heart has changed in me forever
This heart unfettered sparrow dreams
There’s anger laced in our accepting
There’s blood in haunted hollowed minds
Oh we will welcome all misfortune
‘till his golden fan unblinds our eyes.
You say your sense of timing’s shitty you’d like to stay but you are on fire.
But don’t worry child I know that you’re an angel.