A barrage of Juno synth melodies reminisce of foreign places, earth-vibrating Moog bass lines bring ‘party’ to devastated faces. For every life altering heartache (wept strings) and moment of pensive contemplation (four mallets on a vibraphone), there is an abiding strength to turn around and start over (with a blaring baritone sax to suit the strut). Her cryptic lyrical vignettes and inherently confessional voice mortar these layers of woven harmonies and melodic hooks, along a backbone of programmed, surreal soundscapes. Valery was a pianist first, training formally from the age of eight, and eventually developed her classical chops into conceptual songwriting with a shift to jazz studies at Humber College. Two albums later, Gore aspired to write a collections of songs with rhythm being the forethought of new ideas, fundamentally crafting the songs around a drum phrase or bass line, while the piano made room for the conversing of guests.
This lime-light sharing between instruments leaves us with an altogether complex album in terms of texture and structure, but with its pop smarts and accessibility pleasantly intact. Co-producing Idols with her long-time bassist Devon Henderson gave their musical exploration a natural unfolding, passing fleshed out demos back and forth prior to entering the studio. Working closely with Producer/Engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Jamie Lidell, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, The Wooden Sky) strengthened the angle in which Gore wanted her music to reach listeners, the outcome being her most intricate and emotionally mature project to date. Idols In The Dark Heart is slated for release in Spring 2014, with tours planned for Canada, Europe and the UK throughout the summer and fall. Meanwhile, this past year found Gore on two International tours of Germany, Switzerland, and England.
Along with her band, she has performed in venues across Canada and as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Atlantic Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, NXNE, CMW, and Evolve Festival. She performed with Buck 65 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, and Home County Folk Festival. Japan, Australia, China, and L.A. have also been stops on Gore’s tour map.
With heavy radio airplay in Germany (FluxFM, Berlin) and on CBC’s various programs, Valery has also performed live on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Radio 2 Drive, Canada Live, Metro Morning, GO, Bandwidth, and XM Radio’s The Verge. Valery’s self-titled debut album was released in 2005 through Six Shooter Records/Warner Music Canada. Her sophomore album Avalanche To Wandering Bear (Do Right Music/Outside Music, 2008) was noted as “One of the best written and produced records of the year that should establish Valery Gore among the strongest female voices currently writing music” (Exclaim Magazine). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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