Valerinne – Desire

May 14, 2019
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Formerly known as a post-rock trio, Valerinne really evolved on their 2019 album due to the heavy use of synths, from both Alexandru Das and Liviu Stoicescu. The only unprocessed things in "Desire", recorded live in February 2019 at Studio 148, by Marius Costache, are the drums. Mircea Smarandache is very slow-tempered on his drumset, dark and with black humour all over his face.

Well prepared for the centuries to come, Valerinne's unique sound is both drone-ish, dystopic and with many hidden layers, and it really blows in all directions, due to the use of a unique pedal-board by Das. He processes his guitar through a lot of effects, including lots of delays and (Big Sky) reverbs. He also uses some synths like Novation Mininova, while Stoicescu relies on a Moog Subphatty who delivers, just like they said when they named the product, a fat and dirty sound, all starting (and deriving) from his bass guitar.

Let's return to Alexandru Das, a heavy user of effect pedals. When I asked him about his new and always upgraded pedal-board, which is semi-modular due to the amount (yes, amount!) of buttons to push and knobs to tweak, he answered me that: "now, all is a bit separated. the (sound) chain goes like this: Fender Jazzmaster Standard -> Digitech Whammy 4 -> Boss LS2 Line Selector (here comes the Mininova) -> Korg Pitchblack Tuner -> Boss Ge7 EQ -> DOD/Black Arts Boneshaker Distortion -> Earthquaker Devices Organizer -> Nomad Artisans Passive Splitter -> (AMP1 Custom Rockerverb 50 MK1 clone in FX LOOP) Line6 DL4 Delay -> TC Electroncis Hall of Fame Reverb -> Boss RC-1 Looper. (AMP2 Ampeg v2 1976) Line6 DL4 Delay -> Strymon Big Sky Reverb."

They deal with low-and-dark frequencies and the'll never have vocals sampled or played live upon because Valerinne's not about a music involved in the technology it uses, but about a deeper understanding of the present state of things. Their music is an in-your-face critique to some sort of a pseudo-capitalism, while being kafkian about the future and fears.

The sound of Valerinne comes from existentialist angst, from a (hopefuly) far future, and it drives you quickly into a "hibernate" mood if you try to listen to "Desire" on your headphones. No track is shorter than 10 minutes and, as you listen to the songs, wisely-titled, you gradually dive into their uniqueness. Some riffs remind me of Boris and some are directly from bands like LLNN, speaking of their anger and attitude, and not of their vocal parts, of course.

Valerinne will launch the album on the 22nd of May in club Control (Bucharest). The vinyl record will only be sold at their shows so be sure to book the ticket in time. 

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