Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Valley Queen - "Cassavetes"

Photo by Chris Phelps

Valley Queen have been making this great California drenched version of indie rock and folk for a while now, and have been dipping their toes in a more pop based direction lately. Their new single, "Cassavetes," almost fully dives into the world of pop, but in a way that long term fans will still enjoy. The song still just sounds like California, and sounds like the perfect type of song to drive down the coast to. It has a dreamlike quality, and is a beautiful upbeat and laidback track. It's a lot of fun, and has this interesting Florence & The Machine meets Jenny Lewis vibe to it. But it still has that indie folk and rock feel, even if it's through a prism of pure alt-pop.

Vocalist/songwriter Natalie Carol says of the new song:

"There's a thread throughout Cassavetes' films centered around selfhood: its nebulous nature, our ability to project it onto other people, how we try on different selves to be accepted or loved. When weaving this idea together with the story of Valley Queen, I realized a lot of this record is about taking off older outfits of selfhood as the outside world perceives it, in this case as a songwriter, recording artist, and band. Cooper suggested we light it all on fire. I thought that was perfect. That's how it felt when we were arranging and recording this record, like we had burned something down and started over." 

You can watch the video for "Cassavetes" below. Chord of Sympathy is due out April 21. The album can be pre-ordered through Bandcamp. For more on Valley Queen, check out the artist's website.

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