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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.”

Customer Reviews


Very nice album, stand out tracks are "Fall 4 U" and "I Owe You This". Chad V deserves more recognition.


Sometimes an album comes along where everything is in its place just as it should be. This is one of those yummy albums. Beautiful and thoughtful. Chad Valley is a genius!

Pleasurable To The Ear

Finding"electronic" music that actually doesn't make my ears bleed after 2 minutes is difficult for me these days. However, there is something about the sound of the synth, the voices, the effects, the rythm... it comes together! I can close my eyes and listen to this music and smile and envision all sorts of things. Its extremely easy to listen to, and for that reason, extremely easy to love.


Born: 2010 in Oxford, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

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...
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