ALBUM REVIEW: “SUNSET PARK” EP by A VALLEY SON

screen-shot-2017-01-24-at-9-57-38-pmWith their debut EP, Sunset Park, set for release on January 27th, Brooklyn-based rockicana outfit A Valley Son has distilled the sentiment of the free-wheeling American spirit, filtered it through the experience of life in the big city, and firmly planted their flag in the roots rock landscape.

Like early morning light, we are gently introduced to the album with “43rd Street,” a brief and dreamy beginning, followed by “In The Low Light of the Late Afternoon,” a series of sonic snapshots about hard-living characters. Loose-limbed and smokey vocals invoke the ease of a Southern Sunday afternoon and are fully supported by the sultry twang of the unique musical personality created by the lead guitar work. Barn burners like “Lights In The Sky” and “Dark Places” create white hot heat, as does the searing and wonderfully jam-heavy title track.

A Valley Son ends their glimmering effort with “Shaken, Abrupt,” which begins with quiet yet simmering contemplation, and soars to an end-of-show flame-waver, reinforcing their dynamic versatility. From dusty retrospectives to road-worn rockers, this new and beautifully talented band is off to a valiant start.

Purchase Sunset Parkavalleyson.bandcamp.com

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