Album Review: Valise – Dreamcatcher EP

Dallas-based indie rock band Valise have subtly been making themselves known in the webzine circuit recently and with good reason as their latest EP, ‘Dreamcatcher’ proves to be a delicate and charming effort that neatly balances out the bands comparisons; Circa Survive, Copeland, Death Can For Cutie with a soft, admirable original sound.

Filled with a light, atmospheric tone from the get go, as ‘Dreamcatcher’ glides through with ease as vocalist Vince Penick confidently takes charge gracefully. Whereas ‘Heartbeat’ is equally blissfull and enticing with dizzying drums and layered guitars, creating an uplifting and compelling sound.

On ’Chains’ the quartet raise their game as it proves to be an inspiring number that gently sways, as once again Penick smoothly delivers heartwarming vocals all the while his band provide well-crafted and well-layered instrumentation.

The EP closes with the six-minute long ‘Scary In The Dark,’ which (subtly) sees the previously mentioned Death Cab For Cutie comparisons. With a mellow tempo and an overall enthralling tone, Valise round off the EP in a compelling and unique fashion as Penick and guest vocalist Holly Ann calmly bring the EP to haunting end.

With just four songs, Valise have left an lasting and inspirational impression that leaves you wanting more. This anxiousness gives the band tons of promise, but with news of a full-length in the works you can only hope the band fulfill the potential shown here.

4/5

‘Dreamcatcher’ EP by Valise is available now.

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Words by Sean Reid

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