Valley - Sunburst EP (2015)
For their debut EP, the Swedish quintet of Valley has assembled four tracks blending influences from jazz and sweet-toned '70s rock, and while some '00s-styled poppiness does creep in with the guitar licks, it's mostly balanced out by some light psych fuzziness. Keeping things in the instrumental realm (apart from a spoken-word sample in the last song, "Picture Puzzle Pattern Door") and fairly sedate, Valley's focus is mainly on the melodies as they dip and weave through the notes. The drummer gets plenty of room to shine, showing off a fluid style while playing to the rest of the band, with touches of blues coming up in the slower grooves. While it may not have the energy for which some listeners will be looking, there's enough talent on display here to make for an interesting test session.
For Fans Of; Honeysuckle Mantra, Kayo Dot, Planes of Satori, Porcupine Tree, Shandalar