New single entitled ‘Funeral‘ from Shoegaze rock Americana artist Sam Valdez, who is signed to Nevado Records (Deep Valley, Husky). Her latest single ‘Farther Away’ has been garnering NPR play on tastemaker KCRW and features ethereal vocals, western soundscapes, and shimmering shoegaze melodies.
Reminiscent of Angel Olsen, vintage Mazzy Star and inspired by Sufijan Stevens and the words of Sylvia Plath, Sam Valdez is gaining momentum having been featured in Paste, Consequence of Sound, Black Book Mag and Indie Shuffle. She also recently charted on Mornings Become Eclectic on NPR’s KCRW.
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Sam Valdez is a Los Angeles based singer-songwriter, whose music is built upon the fusion of shoegaze and vintage Americana indie folk. Embodying the best of both genres, Valdez has created dreamy, yet haunting atmospheric soundscapes that resonate with her listeners.
Valdez grew up at the edge of the Nevada desert, in Las Vegas and credits the desert as a major influence in her writing and composing. The vastness and solitude of desert life is apparent throughout her writing, with cinematic resonance and euphoric arrangements.
After performing in numerous bands, she found the essence of her solo sound and decided to run with it, indulging in her own creative process and ultimately developing a sound that is true to her own. As a classically trained violinist, Valdez has a sense of musical maturity within her songs, adding technicalities that bring her to the forefront of her genre.
Lead single, ‘Its Alright’ oozes beauty and grace through it’s forthright lyrics. Featuring fuzzy 90’s shoegaze melodies, wistfully innocent vocals and driving drum rhythms, it’s a melancholic tale of both love and loss. ‘Its Alright’ thematically focuses on coping with the disillusion that comes with relationships. Valdez reveals, “I wrote this song in a dream-like state of mind”.
On ‘Farther Away’, Valdez beautiful fuses ethereal breathy vocals, western soundscapes, and shimmering shoegaze melodies. The track is about coping with unexpected life shifts and how these experiences shape us.
Valdez has seen success receiving acclaim from prestigious media outlets including Consequence of Sound, Black Book, Indie Shuffle, as well as heavy rotation on NPR tastemaker KCRW among others. She has also performed at high profile venues throughout Los Angeles.
Inspired by Sufjan Stevens, The War On Drugs and the words of Sylvia Plath, it is no wonder that Valdez creates stunning compositions.