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Sunday Sounds: Eisley, “The Valley”

The ambiguous song is probably my favorite kind of song. That’s not to say that I prefer nonsensical, throwaway lyrics that can’t evoke meaning, but when a songwriter’s words can yield a multitude of meanings and interpretations I love that generosity and opportunity that they provide for their listeners. Don’t wanna leave anyone out, right?

The ladies of Eisley definitely have that gift. Although their most recent release, The Valley, deals with more concrete subject matter, the writing style between the main songwriters still allows for some guesswork and interpretation. The title track is the second to be made into a video (the first was for “Smarter“) and if it were not for Stacy Dupree’s engaging and equivocal words, this video would not have been so much fun.

I am in the love with the whole steampunk aesthetic of this! The narrative is something that I would have never gleaned from the lyrics but it works so well. The director, Cory Sheldon, had worked with Eisley before on the video for “Memories” and it’s wonderful to see how far both he and the band have come; there’s also a vintage-keepsake style that links both the videos, but not overwhelmingly so, and it’s one that really complements Eisley’s music.

Next February they are coming out with a new EP Deep Space, as well as going on a tiny tour to promote it. Although it’s not coming around to California, I could not be more excited for the songs because everything from the songwriting to the recording and mixing seems so relaxed and just a creative free-for-all; I am so happy they are getting that kind of freedom and support since signing with Equal Vision Records. The dates and venues for the upcoming tour can be found on EVR’s website. Go and enjoy a show for me please!

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