From Forest Park, Illinois is Valaska and their third release, Inchoate.
With this album, as with their previous release Thing, the four piece outfit embraced the ideals of working for themselves, and it doesn’t decrease the quality of the music. Their willingness not to prescribe to a genre works in their favor, as it gives them freedom to play with the elements, especially on this new record.
The whole album presents a heartwarming atmosphere of crescendos and moments of solemn peace. It begins with the explosive “Spring,” which opens the album with a bloom of energetic, powerful guitar riffs and genuine lyricism. The pacing of the album throughout the following tracks is seamless and pleasant.
The mixture of instrumentation provides a nice canvas for the soothing, yet poignant vocal sound, throughout into the slower tracks with light piano trickles like “Sad Bones.” The strength of this album is how it manages to be whole in its sound, by also having the attitude of being stripped-down. The shines through in tracks like “Violence” and the final track “Sleep.”
Ultimately, the record is a great addition to their overall discography and into the alternative genre where they continue to bend the constraints of the type.