Boomkat Product Review:
Unmissable reissue of Valya Hooi’s standout debut, an immaculately frayed conception of dubwise dream-pop from the same Aussie quarters that gave us HTRK/Jonnine, CS + Kreme, F Ingers...
Valya's first record ‘Untitled’ was originally issued by Altered States Tapes in 2019 (the same year as her song-writing credit on ‘I Don’t Seem Myself Tonight’ from Jonnine’s ’Super Natural’ EP), and has somehow managed to evade our radar until now, when she’s making a fairly big ping in our world.
Working economically with her own vocals, plus guitar, keyboards, and slivers of clarinet supplied by Tarquin Manek (F Ingers, LST), the results can’t help but remind us to aspects of Laila Sakini or Teresa Winter’s music that we hold dearly - namely the reverb-laden vocals and drowsily psychedelic, daydreaming appeal - but also tend toward a sort of sublime, grown-up bedroom chamber darkness understandably shared with her peer Jonnine, and the low-key grooving suss of CS + Kreme, or even Mica Levi at her most strung out.
An incredible album.