Valvo – ‘Lost Futures’


Berlin-based artist Valvo reveals an atmospheric, shoegaze-forward sound throughout Lost Futures. The album succeeds with its cinematic, diverse sound — from spacious dreaminess to invigorating distortion.

An exciting array of pulsing guitars craft a textured immersion on opening track “She Was The Gold Rush.” A twangy illumination enters alongside hazy vocals, admitting feeling “so cold,” within the compelling soundscape. The two-minute mark excels with its spaciousness, melding the distorted undercurrent, twangy guitars, and gripping vocal nonchalance with cohesive enthrallment. “Tainted Memory” is another clear highlight, reminding initially of Wild Nothing in the lush guitar work, and then evolving into an enjoyably vigored guitar-based layering.

“Stop Running” serves as an illuminating finale, weaving a gently absorbing sound with shades of Sigur Rós in the droning guitars and subdued vocal swell. Lost Futures is a consistently compelling standout from Valvo, whose rock and shoegaze combinations play with satiating effect throughout the album.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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