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it’s been nearly three years since isaac vallentin released hedera, a stunning album that included “stewardess,” one of our favorite tracks of 2015. on june 4th, the ottawa-based vallentin will unveil a welcome follow-up, amateur.
anchoring the album’s announcement is “nowhere to be found,” a mid-tempo, piano-driven jaunt that is slowly refinished in expansive vibraphone tones. paired with vallentin’s singular vocal style and a smattering of saxophone in its outro, “nowhere to be found” is sonically at odds with its themes of regret, a breezy foreground that belies darker undertones. take a listen below.
isaac vallentin has released music with pony girl and under the pseudonym josef pollock, but the ottawa-based singer-songwriter has never explicitly attached his name to a project until this year. hedera, vallentin’s debut full-length, dropped independently last friday; it’s a thirteen-track exercise in filtering organic instrumentation through an electronic lens, with vallentin effortlessly superimposing shuddering bass lines and steady synth arpeggios over his home-recorded guitar and vocal tracks.
one of the album’s strongest tracks, and its clearest proponent of vallentin’s aesthetic, is “stewardess.” polyrhythms quickly manifest and are further solidified when the bass drops, but the instrumentation ultimately bows to vallentin’s first powerful lyrical turn, delivered in a soothing baritone. the principal single from hedera preceded the album’s release with a jarring music video. its two characters convey the song’s dialogue through interpretative dance and the minimal use of props, resulting in a cathartic experience that becomes more apparent with each viewing. you can stream and download hedera here; watch the video for “stewardess” below.