ALBUM REVIEW: Death Valley Girls – Under the Spell of Joy | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 02.10.20






In a world which feels increasingly alien by the day, Death Valley Girls’ new album intends to perpetuate more joy. Under The Spell Of Joy is a departure from their previous sound, their psychedelic ‘doom boogie’ replaced with jangly surf pop and upbeat sentiment. Brimming with excitement, underneath the typical clouds of reverb there’s hope.

The inclusion of a children’s choir on the title track adds a slight sweetness to the record. Both It All Washes Away and I’d Rather Be Dreaming have a real warmth to them, whilst 10 Day Miracle has a much sharper edge to it yet it is no less compelling. This is a change in direction for sure, but by far Death Valley Girls’ best album to date.




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