Valerian Swing have long been one of the more interesting ‘heavy’ bands around. Initially emerging in 2011 and then cemented their place on the Italian heavy scene with their second album A Sailor Lost Around The Earth and then at an international level with 2014’s Aurora.
Now 2017 sees them return following a change of personnel. One that saw the exit of bassist Alan Ferioli and the arrival of baritone guitarist Francesco Giovanetti. The trio went and created their fourth full length album, during a period of personnel, artistic growth and maturity that has seen them gradually expand their spectrum of sound beyond the boundaries of just being ‘heavy’. This latest chapter has resulted in new album ‘Nights that is undoubtedly their most accessible, rich and varied record to date and is released via Small Pond on 12th May .
Ahead of that we have an exclusive listen to brand new track ‘Five Walls’ and Francesco Giovanetti gives us a bit of insight in to what makes them tick musically.
Oneohtrix Point Never – Garden of Delete
During the composition and recording of Nights we spent hours listening to Daniel Lopatin’s latest work. Garden of Delete has illuminated us: a mix of such disparate genres that give life to a work with a perfectly defined identity that is embossed between experimental electronics, digital metal, monstrous screams and r ’n b vocal lines.
In part thanks to this opera magna, our heavy guitars have been married with computer and electronics, ancestral chorus samples overlapped with free jazz drum lines and tight math riffs.
Nights‘ roots definitely lie in part of this concept album on the adolescent alien with severe acne problems.
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
The last album of Bon Iver is undoubtedly marked by a nearly complete change of course. His folk rock has turned into something difficult to place, between synth-pop, art-rock and just art. Justin Vernon’s voice is no longer the one of a sensitive bearded guy in the middle of a forest, but has reappeared filtered and processed as one of an extremely modern and extravagant artist, canonical instruments have turned into synthesizers like the Op-1 of Teenage Engineering.
Although this turn was not appreciated by old fans, we really enjoyed it.
We tried to write an experimental album but still able to talk to a wider audience and Justin Vernon’s latest work seems to us an excellent example of how often it’s possible to succeed in this seemingly impossible challenge.
Ella Fitzgerald – Every Album
You can say that our drummer has a whole style of his own: saying he is playing just drums is not enough, it would be fair to say that he “sings” it.
In fact, his greatest inspiration is the legendary Ella Fitzgerald: his way of improvising on the themes, rhythms, ups and downs has made our rhythm section constantly moving, never redundant, in contrast to modern drumming, and leisurely. Above all, at our live show you can really expect everything.
As in other previous albums, David’s inspiration has caused “Nights” to be supported by a pulsation other than regular drumming, to use an onomatopoeia as a perfect example; Pa-tschhh!