Valise – Dreamcatcher EP
Record Label: None
Release Date: June 26, 2011
I discovered Valise when they opened for Lydia last week. Having never heard their music before, the guys absolutely blew me away. From the soaring vocal melodies to the atmospheric instrumentation, the small Dallas band put on quite the show. The next day, I quickly got in touch with their management and just like that, I experienced Valise at recorded quality with Dreamcatcher.
Containing hints of Circa Survive and PMtoday, Dreamcatcher could really put Valise on the map – especially around here. The opening title track displays the building drumming and climaxing guitar work over Vince Penick’s dazzling vocal delivery. Not to mention, the track has some hints of Copeland, which shouldn’t be that surprising considering it was recorded at The Vanguard Room with Aaron Marsh and Matt Wilbur. For Valise, it’s the combination of ethereal vocals and mellow, haunting instrumentation that really makes them standout, as noted on the enticing “Heartbeat.”
“Chains” features Marsh himself on the trombone, while Penick sings, “I've got heavy eyes / Cause this world can rob me blind / And I can see what's in front of me / And it's all i have” over a meaty bass. The light instrumentation layered throughout the final “Scary In The Dark” adds a chilling depth to the song as Holly Ann accompanies Penick in this flawless performance.
For only a debut EP, Dreamcatcher points to great things to come for Valise. From their faultless live performance to the spectacular execution throughout Dreamcatcher, Valise will leave us anxiously anticipating their debut record.
This band is wonderful. Listening to their EP, one can definitely feel not only the hard-work and dedication the artists put into the instrumentations, lyrics, and vocals, but how much the artists believe in creating music that they love.
If you're lucky enough to see them live (they mostly play in Dallas and have toured to Orlando), you will be shocked at how well they play live and the energy they feed to the crowd; it's always a spectacular night with many people taking notice. Valise has something special and I cannot wait for more music from them and for the world to hear it.
This is one of those EPs I can listen to over and over again. Really think these guys have big things ahead of them. If you like Copeland, Edison Glass, Lydia, Circa, and/or Radiohead -- buy this EP. You won't regret it.