Chad Valley Delivers Autumnal Synth-Pop in 'Real Time'

Oxford solo-ist previews forthcoming 'Peace & Understanding' mixtape

Chad Valley 'Real Time' Stream Young Hunger
Chad Valley smells the roses ... "In Real Time"
Chris Martins WRITTEN BY
Chris Martins

Synth-loving pop purveyor Chad Valley is entering the mixtape game this year with Peace & Understanding, following in the footsteps of his fellow former chillwavers Small Black. Like that Brooklyn-based band, the man born Hugo Manuel has been evolving since his earliest releases. Last year's Young Hunger album found him collaborating with a range of vocalists (Twin Shadow, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Glasser) over music that evoked M83 in parts, New Jack Swing in others, and glistening '80s elsewhere. No word yet on the exact plan for the forthcoming free set, but "Real Time" is a solid start. Our host sings yearningly over a busy beat, burbling sequences bumping along on the way to some panoramic vistas. As far as memorable melodies go, this one's about as sticky as they come:

Chad Valley tour dates:

October 9 - Washington, DC @ DC9
October 10 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
October 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
October 12 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott
October 13 - Montreal, Canada @ Il Motore
October 15 - Toronto, Canada @ Wrongbar
October 16 - Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
October 18 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
October 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
October 22 - Vancouver, Canada @ Biltmore Cabaret
October 23 - Seattle, WA @ Barboza
October 25 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
October 26 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar
October 27 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
October 29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands

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