11 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Jonquil frontman Hugo Manuel changed his stage name to Chad Valley, his music also underwent a noticeable transformation. While the former project balanced lo-fi bedroom recordings with sleek New Romantic indie pop, the latter takes on a more pristine production and adds some butter-smooth R&B. “I Owe You This” opens with sparkling yacht-rock tones melting and crystallizing over icy keyboards, with Valley taking ownership of an alluring voice that’s fluid like Michael McDonald’s (with the soulful emotion of a young Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame). Valley’s dynamic vocal range is best exemplified in the falsettos that pepper the romantic “Tell All Your Friends.” That song filters the neon hues of Jonquil’s adoration for A-ha’s 1985 debut album, Hunting High and Low, through a modern, polished studio mix. Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, duets with Valley in “Fall 4 U,” sounding like a young Tracey Thorn; it's an effervescent love song bubbling over with playful keyboards. Anne Lise Frøkedal’s breathy coos invoke some Sade-like moments in the new wave ballad “Fathering/Mothering.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Jonquil frontman Hugo Manuel changed his stage name to Chad Valley, his music also underwent a noticeable transformation. While the former project balanced lo-fi bedroom recordings with sleek New Romantic indie pop, the latter takes on a more pristine production and adds some butter-smooth R&B. “I Owe You This” opens with sparkling yacht-rock tones melting and crystallizing over icy keyboards, with Valley taking ownership of an alluring voice that’s fluid like Michael McDonald’s (with the soulful emotion of a young Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame). Valley’s dynamic vocal range is best exemplified in the falsettos that pepper the romantic “Tell All Your Friends.” That song filters the neon hues of Jonquil’s adoration for A-ha’s 1985 debut album, Hunting High and Low, through a modern, polished studio mix. Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, duets with Valley in “Fall 4 U,” sounding like a young Tracey Thorn; it's an effervescent love song bubbling over with playful keyboards. Anne Lise Frøkedal’s breathy coos invoke some Sade-like moments in the new wave ballad “Fathering/Mothering.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Markyyy R ,

Bananas!

Very nice album, stand out tracks are "Fall 4 U" and "I Owe You This". Chad V deserves more recognition.

JAVIER GASCA ,

Amazing music!

Sooo goood

Stella muro ,

Pleasurable To The Ear

Finding"electronic" music that actually doesn't make my ears bleed after 2 minutes is difficult for me these days. However, there is something about the sound of the synth, the voices, the effects, the rythm... it comes together! I can close my eyes and listen to this music and smile and envision all sorts of things. Its extremely easy to listen to, and for that reason, extremely easy to love.

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