Valery GoreIdols of the Dark Heart
  • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2014

  • Posted by: Leanne Heidenberg

Canadian music explorer Valery Gore takes us on a musical journey with the release of her fourth album Idols in the Dark Heart. Each song leads us somewhere new and exciting, and never leaves us in exactly the same place where we began. She keeps her tracks unpredictable, with unexpected twists and turns throughout. Whether through distorted synth melodies, lines of acoustic keyboard or wind instruments, or drastic shifts in the songs attitude, each track keeps us on our toes. We just have to follow her sweet soft voice, which serves as a guide over her musically complex terrain.

Songs like "Chinook" start off simple, with Valery's voice taking the lead, but just as we think we are traveling on cool, calm waters she turns up the heat and lets the music grow and develop its own effervescence. While songs like "Amsterdam" have more of an edge that she sporadically pricks us with, only to bring us into the warm embrace of the chorus. Meanwhile, tracks like "Character Girls, Quiet Guys" are something totally unique to Gore. They display her musical training by seamlessly blending a classic waltz melody with thick beats and unstable synth.

It's difficult not to admire Valery Gore's obvious talent for musical arrangement. She utilizes elements in her songs that make us feel like we are experiencing musical déjà vu. Both innovative and familiar, her musical complexities keep us simultaneously bobbing and scratching our heads. If you're looking for something off the beaten path to listen to, look no further than Idols in the Dark Heart.

Idols in the Dark Heart is out now, get it on iTunes.

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