Once upon a time you would have expected band members to be at least in the same country in order to make music together. Now, thanks to modern technology, being 16,000km apart doesn’t hinder the creative process. Or at least this is what IN VALOUR have found. Indeed, the time difference has turned out to be an advantage for this musical duo – they enjoy waking up fresh to new music, lyrics or melody which the other band member has been puzzling over ‘til exhaustion. They can each work on certain elements of a track while the other is out cold to the world.
Valerie and howard first met in Sydney where they were members of trip-hop band ‘Kinetic’. Re-acquainted in Jan ’09 they thought they might work on a handful of tracks, but found that their musical connection was still alive and kicking. They took the name ‘IN VALOUR’, and forged their unique sound from a blend of cultures, styles, tastes and experience. They chose this name because it’s a constant reminder of where they want to be and the crest (which was conceived by Valerie and howard and designed by a Cork artist-Dan O’Connell) is a visual extension of this idea.
IN VALOUR’s tracks have been played on national and local radio and reviewed in many publications – with positive results;
Dan Hegarty, 2FM said “Listen to these songs, you’ll love them like I do! They’re only starting out, but what a start.”
Jackie Hayden of Hot Press said that Valerie’s “ultra-tuneful voice floats atop a swathe of dreamy synthy washes”.
Having drawn comparisons to the Cocteau Twins and Zero 7 – Jim Carroll of The Irish Times described their sound as “sultry post-dance floor pop”.
IN VALOUR would describe their musical style as song based electronica but you can make up your own mind on this. The next natural step in this musical evolution is to play live and IN VALOUR are delighted to be lined up to play at the Roundy Room sessions, Cork on Thursday 4th March @ 9pm. Thank you Mutant Space!
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