@@@ Heather Valley: Emily (Independent, 2021) I got to this track via an email from the artist herself. I’m always nice to artists who send me listening requests. It starts out with some simple strummed guitar that is pleasantly darker than a lot of guitars in this genre. Valley has a very sweet voice that she’s decided to put in a very large reverbed room. It wouldn’t be my first choice but I would have gone for a medium sized room. I don’t know who this Emily person she’s singing about is but the melodies are very nice. Cello sounds good, background vocals maybe not super necessary and overall a fine track.
@@@ kerri: Moon/Sun (Queen City, 2021) I got to this track from a r&b singer from Montreal via the Australian music magazine Happy Magazine. It opens cloudy and ambient with a pulsating synth. A chill 808 beat comes in with a falsetto singer. It’s a lush, loving sort of thing. There are at least three singers here and that’s the most dynamic part of the song. Different cadence, different ranges, etc. I’m digging the low key singer asking ‘what are you thinking about?’ that’s pretty nice. It’s more about cosmic love than sex and I think the lyrics and the sounds are compelling. I’m checking out more of this record and enjoying it — it seems to reflect a sad, beautiful isolation.