Young Hunger by Chad Valley on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Jonquil frontman Hugo Manuel changed his stage name to Chad Valley, his music also underwent a noticeable transformation. While the former project balanced lo-fi bedroom recordings with sleek New Romantic indie pop, the latter takes on a more pristine production and adds some butter-smooth R&B. “I Owe You This” opens with sparkling yacht-rock tones melting and crystallizing over icy keyboards, with Valley taking ownership of an alluring voice that’s fluid like Michael McDonald’s (with the soulful emotion of a young Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame). Valley’s dynamic vocal range is best exemplified in the falsettos that pepper the romantic “Tell All Your Friends.” That song filters the neon hues of Jonquil’s adoration for A-ha’s 1985 debut album, Hunting High and Low, through a modern, polished studio mix. Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, duets with Valley in “Fall 4 U,” sounding like a young Tracey Thorn; it's an effervescent love song bubbling over with playful keyboards. Anne Lise Frøkedal’s breathy coos invoke some Sade-like moments in the new wave ballad “Fathering/Mothering.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

When Jonquil frontman Hugo Manuel changed his stage name to Chad Valley, his music also underwent a noticeable transformation. While the former project balanced lo-fi bedroom recordings with sleek New Romantic indie pop, the latter takes on a more pristine production and adds some butter-smooth R&B. “I Owe You This” opens with sparkling yacht-rock tones melting and crystallizing over icy keyboards, with Valley taking ownership of an alluring voice that’s fluid like Michael McDonald’s (with the soulful emotion of a young Mick Hucknall of Simply Red fame). Valley’s dynamic vocal range is best exemplified in the falsettos that pepper the romantic “Tell All Your Friends.” That song filters the neon hues of Jonquil’s adoration for A-ha’s 1985 debut album, Hunting High and Low, through a modern, polished studio mix. Cameron Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser, duets with Valley in “Fall 4 U,” sounding like a young Tracey Thorn; it's an effervescent love song bubbling over with playful keyboards. Anne Lise Frøkedal’s breathy coos invoke some Sade-like moments in the new wave ballad “Fathering/Mothering.”

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About Chad Valley

After taking his bedroom recordings to the next level with a full band in Jonquil, Oxford-based Hugo Manuel went back to recording as a solo artist under the name Chad Valley. Jonquil signed to Dovecote Records in the States and, around the same time, Manuel leaked a handful of dreamy, Ibiza and R&B-inspired electro-pop demos to the Web. A flock of sites (including Vice, Pitchfork, and Guardian) featured Chad Valley's "Up and Down" and "Acker Bilk" in the summer of 2010. Manuel continued to play with Jonquil, and debuted his self-titled Chad Valley EP later that year. In 2011, a second EP, Equatorial Ultravox, was released, followed a year later by his album debut Young Hunger, which featured a long list of indie A-List collaborators including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Active Child. Valley's follow-up effort, the more introspective Entirely New Blue, arrived in October 2015. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Oxford, England
  • FORMED
    2010

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