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Music Review: The Valley by Eisley

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The Valley (album)

The Valley (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Year: 2011

Genre: Indie Rock / Alternative
Similar Artists: Mother Mother, Tristan Prettyman, Haim, Jenny Owen Youngs, KT Tunstall, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, The Pierces, Trent Dabbs, Fleetwood Mac
Online: Official Website, Myspace,
Tracks: 11

  1. The Valley
  2. Smarter
  3. Watch it Die
  4. Sad
  5. Oxygen Mask
  6. Better Love
  7. I Wish
  8. Kind
  9. Mr. Moon
  10. Please
  11. Ambulance
Eisley

Cover of Eisley

I have only recently (in the last year or so) been listening to music by Eisley and in spite of the album The Valley being out for a couple years now, it is a personal favorite.  Given the recent release of their new album Currents, I’ve decided to post a review of this rather neat earlier release. The album ranges from indie rock tracks to driving ballads and percussive folk rock.

The album starts with the title track for the album which reminds me of some of the more mainstream stuff by Mother Mother. The Valley is an oddly addictive song, with the accompanying music video dancing with the bizarre and doing amazing justice to the song. The 3rd song Watch it Die is rather charming and received its share of airplay when the album was released, reminiscent of some of Trent Dabbs’ music. The 6th track Better Love is a driving rock track showing some obvious country roots in some of the chords, reminding me of Sara Bareilles. The 7th track I Wish is a more earthy percussive folk love ballad reminiscent of The Pierces with a pinch of Fleetwood Mac. The quirky 9th musicbox track of Mr. Moon draws an immediate link to Jenny Owens Youngs’ Two by Two but with a mild hint of The Pierces. The 10th track Please immediately reminds me of Haim’s Don’t Save Me. The 11th and final track Ambulance is an orchestral rock ballad that remind me of a beefier rock version of Ellie Goulding’s Dead in the Water.
I loved each track on the album, but my personal favorite is Watch it Die. Perhaps it is due acclimatization via frequency of airplay, but most songs that radio stations play so frequently tend to lose their appeal quickly. Or maybe it is that peculiar attraction of Eisley’s music in general, with its numerous influences and banishing the need for electronic enhancement by the band members actually having some real talent for music to go with the great songwriting.  I am drawn in not just by the instrumental bits but by the lyrics themselves, which have a strong storytelling element.

You can find this album and their new release via the usual suspects.

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