There's this tendency today to dismiss music where one of the primary emotions is "sweetness." We (and by that I mean "snobby music critics") want our music angsty and brooding or coolly distant. There's barely any space today for bands that have a genuine appreciation and respect for the brighter aspects of existence. Trust me, I love the National as much as the next dude that lives in Park Slope, but for f***'s sake, I can only listen to "Don't Swallow the Cap" so many times in a day. And for Valley Shine
, bringing some warmth and positivity back to music is made into an effortless feat.
We're premiering Valley Shine's new single, "Sugar Dream," and don't let the track's name fool you. This song is warm and uplifting but isn't so treacly that you'll need to get tested for diabetes tomorrow. This folk-pop ditty, reminiscent of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, features back and forth harmonies between the male & female vocalists, and the melody and chorus find the time to burrow into your brain.