Valley: Park Bench
The Toronto indie-pop band teases a new EP with a melodic track that begins sparsely and gently, then picks up real momentum. The kinetic energy of the video clip is an effective complement.
By Kerry Doole
Valley - Park Bench" (Universal Music Canada): Following a sold-out North American tour with Lennon Stella, this Toronto indie-pop band has released a new track from its forthcoming EP, Maybe: Side B, coming June 7.
The tune begins sparsely and gently, then picks up real momentum, while the kinetic energy of the video clip is an effective complement.
In a label press release, drummer Karah James explains that “’Park Bench’ is a timestamp from the year 2018. It touches on social, generational, and political ideas that we felt were relevant to us at the time.” Guitarist Mike Brandolino adds, “The song speaks about political issues and was written during a time of chaos in the American government, and a lot of the world was divided by it. We wanted to make the song sound the way the world and our lives felt at the time. Lots of chaos, yet lots of beautiful people fighting for the right things, lots of push and pull, lots of voices being heard and being silenced.”
Valley first made a splash with the 2016 EP This Room Is White, amassing over 10 million streams, as well as garnering radio and TV placements for the indie pop hit "Swim”. The upcoming EP follows on from the EP Maybe: Side A, released last November.
Valley plays Liquid Arts fest in Hamilton on June 14 and Quebec City's Festival d'été on July 13.