Sunday, September 23, 2018

Valid Light - dense folk rock reflections on "A Work Of Reflection in the Age of Mechanical Sentimentalism"

Valid Light is the current musical project of Gregory W. Dyson based out of Philadelphia and the song A Work Of Reflection in the Age of Mechanical Sentimentalism asks as many questions (at least to me) as the long winded titles. One thing that strikes me instantly is Dyson's vocal performance. It is different, it has folk sinew to the sound as well as a kind of slight southern drawl (very slight) and a high register uniqueness. His voice feels, sounds authentic and within the musical framework that has a dense folk rock / indie rock sound I thought of Neil Young kind of twisted and blended with The War On Drugs. 

In another time in rural Connecticut Dyson fronted a folk rock band called Hanging Hills. Of A Work Of Reflection in the Age of Mechanical Sentimentalism he says,

 "This song is about missing an old band that broke up. Years later, picking up an acoustic guitar in your bedroom, sitting down and revisiting the songs, and feeling nostalgic for the places and experiences writing those songs led you to. It was self-recorded at my home in Philadelphia, and I played all the instruments, and drew the album art."

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Robb Donker