Hot! Ed Vallance – Volcano

Posted by on January 17th, 2012 at 9:00 AM

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Score: 8/10
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Bouncing from city to city can lead to discovering the perfect “creating place”. Ed Vallance was born and raised in England, wrote and released his first American full-length in Los Angeles, and moved to Brooklyn last year. Comparing songs from his older records with his latest, Volcano, one hears the influence each setting has had on Vallance.

Varying British rock influences run throughout< i>Volcano, with noticeable traces of The Cure, Morrissey, [so-called] math rock, and 80’s alt-pop. Irregardless of the heavy overtones, Vallance has an easy, almost lazy quality to his music. The effortlessness of California indie rock has worked its way into Volcano, flowing through the album like an undertow–not realizing how deep the album until you take the time to sit and think about all the different layers and harmonies.

“Crystalline” is a standout on the album and a prime example of Vallance’s ease with complexity. It’s one of the only upbeat dance tracks, with the guitar battle during the solo mimicking dueling lasers. Your body is meant to move to this love song–not with purpose but just enough to bring the lyrics to life. “With a kiss / Crystalline / it’s just you and me / strange exchange of energy.”

Even though Vallance calls his work “space-rock” in an interview, Vallance doesn’t know what Volcano really is. This thoughtful, genre-defying LP is a cool mix of England, L.A., and Brooklyn. With Volcano the result of making music in all these locales, where next? And can we come?

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