It’s hard–no, nearly impossible–to judge a band based on three songs, but that’s what The Valleys are asking for.  Their “Stoner EP” is atmospheric, 10% Mazzy Star, 30% the kind of gentle pop/electro you find with Hot Chip, Beach House or Fleet Foxes, 20% experimental indie a la Yeasayer or Yo La Tengo, with the balance being ’90s noisepop/shoegaze.  The band released an album a while back called “Sometimes Water Kills People” (great title!), but I didn’t hear it, so this little mini-record is my sole exposure.  And I pronounce it: “Good!”

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