‘It’s Alright’? Sam Valdez’s track is better than that
Location: Los Angeles, US
FFO: The War on Drugs, Sufijan Stevens
Label: Back Talk
Combining the Americana of The War on Drugs, with the personal sound of Sufijan Stevens, Sam Valdez’s latest track is a equal parts atmosphere and emotion. ‘It’s Alright’ sees the classically trained violinist showcase her musical maturity; the cowboy chords of the opening, with haunting vocal harmonies are subtly symphonic; and the chorus sees a rise in intensity, but is not overstated. The gradual increase in electric guitars adds punch and persuasiveness and the synths spiritualize the track, but don’t detract from the personal emotion of a song which was written “in a dream-like state of mind”.