takes us back and forth through an enchanted nature-scape in this misty new video. "Hummingbird in Reverse" is a beautifully curated snapshot of the artist, washed with nostalgia and overcast with the grays she is so talented at saturating with the colorful hues of tempo and temper.
Idols in the Dark Heart
— self-released and out now via iTunes
— is a collection of finely detailed musings on the human condition, including the subtly charged pale neon single "S.O."
and the creatively tendered study of distance that is "With The Future"
Valery Gore set out to claim new territory on her third and upcoming album Idols In The Dark Heart. Four years in the making, this album charters a course across the turbulent waters of human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt. Navigated by Gores throaty, candid voice, the listener is swept through a lush and lyrical paradise filled with synth melodies, confident acoustics and low Moog bass lines. The end result is an exquisitely crafted blend of woven harmonies and melodic hooks that feels like a journey to exotic shores.
Gore was a pianist before explorer. Training formally from the age of eight, she developed her classical chops into conceptual songwriting with a shift to jazz studies at Humber College in Toronto, Valerys home base. Her debut album established her solid fan base and reputation for innovative songwriting, and Exclaim Magazine noted her second album, Avalanche To Wandering Bear as one of the best written and produced records of the year. Now Gores back with her most exciting collection of songs to date, where ideas are expressed in beats and bass lines, and the piano makes room for the conversing of guests. The structure of the album is rich and textured, yet still accessible with its pop smarts pleasantly intact.
Idols was co-produced by Gores long-time bassist Devon Henderson, which gave this musical expedition a natural unfolding as the two passed fleshed out demos back and forth before hitting the studio. Working with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Jamie Lidell, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and mix engineer Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, The Wooden Sky) lent a new dynamic to the rhythms and melodies that pulse through the album like currents, ferrying the listener along with a beautiful mystery.
These past few years have found Gore on two International tours of Germany, Switzerland, and England. Along with her band, she has performed in venues across Canada and as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Atlantic Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, NXNE, CMW, and Evolve Festival. She performed with Buck 65 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, and Home County Folk Festival. Japan, Australia, China, and L.A. have also been stops on Gores tour map. With heavy radio airplay in Germany (FluxFM, Berlin) and on CBCs various programs, Valery has also performed live on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Radio 2 Drive, Canada Live, Metro Morning, GO, Bandwidth, and XM Radios The Verge.
Valerys self-titled debut album was released in 2005 through Six Shooter Records/Warner Music Canada. Her sophomore album Avalanche To Wandering Bear was released in 2008 through Do Right Music/Outside Music.
Idols In The Dark Heart is slated for release in September 2014. In a recent show review, Exclaim Magazine described Gore as quite possibly the most underrated sonic artist in this or any other country, breathing new life into traditional song forms with idiosyncratic melodies, subtly complex rhythms and eclectic arrangements that reveal an expansive listening palate. Casual and charming on stage when not astounding with her involving piano work and vocals.