Toronto singer-songwriter Valery Gore will self-release her third studio album, Idols In The Dark, on September 9th. In anticipation, the album is streaming in full below.
Gore started playing music at an early age, taking lessons from the age of eight before eventually studying jazz at Toronto’s Humber College. In 2005, she released her self-titled debut through Six Shooter Records, leading to opening slots for the likes of Josh Ritter and Buck 65. Since then, she’s toured the world and been a mainstay at Canadian festivals like Pop Montreal and Toronto Jazz Festival.
Her latest record, the follow-up to 2008’s Avalanche To Wandering Bear, was co-produced by her bassist Devon Henderson and was engineered by Dean Nelson (Beck, Jamie Lidell) and Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, The Wooden Sky). Gore tracked the album between various recording studios, apartments, and houses in her hometown. Though done partially for budgetary reasons, Gore said she also wanted to capture the comfort associated with those more intimate settings.
“The album naturally started to lean on themes of relationships, loss, and doubt,” Gore said in a statement. “Reflections upon both the positive/negative, bright/dark memories with a ‘chin up’ attitude of acceptance while making new plans. There’s a combining of old and modern in the music, artwork, and influences. Traditional acoustic instrumentation woven with synths, programmed beats and electro soundscapes.”
According to a press release, the album “charters a course across the turbulent waters of human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt. Navigated by Gore’s throaty, candid voice, the listener is swept through a lush and lyrical paradise filled with synth melodies, confident acoustics and low Moog bass lines. The end result is an exquisitely crafted blend of woven harmonies and melodic hooks that feels like a journey to exotic shores.”
Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.