Darling Valley is:
TJ Foster – Vocals, Guitars, Drums, Bass, Banjo, Percussion
Lauren Foster – Vocals, Trumpet, Percussion
Ashleigh Whitfield – Vocals, Keys, Percussion
Jordan Stewart – Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Percussion
Darling Valley is a quartet of two married couples making music from the comfort of their homes in Upstate NY. Sometimes the songs are folky, sometimes they’re louder. They released their full-length album CROOKED ORCHARDS in 2016, then half the band had a baby. A new collection of songs called WATCH THE WORLD GO BY is coming on June 23, 2017, then the other half of the band is having a baby.
Carrying on their elegant, powerful, folky sound, the new five-song EP was recorded in band member TJ Foster’s home studio. (“Yes, there are probably baby noises in the background of at least one of the tracks,” quips guitarist Jordan Stewart.) DV’s beautiful harmonies, driving beat and poignant lyrics touch on love being both difficult and amazing, and trying to appreciate the good things: “Is there light among the dark? / Is there a fire in your heart? / ‘Cus I can’t refrain from the chase even though it’s harder every day / I’m not as young as I once was / And I struggle to accept I need to change,” the band sings on the EP’s title track.
“I like that this EP has a lot of contrasts in it,” says Stewart. “It has some of our quietest songs (“Love Is Kind”) and some of our loudest (“I Want To Live…”) – some of our happiest moments (“Journey”) to some of the darkest (“Holy Water”). The title track acts as the middle ground between all of that, a commentary on feeling disconnected from the world, but still trying to appreciate that there is always time for change.”
WATCH THE WORLD GO BY is available now on Bandcamp, Spotify, Apple Music and all other digital distributors via Sounds & Tones Records. You can also find their debut full-length CROOKED ORCHARDS on those same outlets.
“[Crooked Orchards] is stuffed full of tunes with vocal melodies that I can’t say no to, elite instrumental performances, and enough lyrical poignancy to knock the socks off a skeptic or two. It’s the sort of album that makes you remember why folk-pop was fun in the first place, while showing that the genre can support more than skin-deep sentiments.” — Independent Clauses
“…wonderful folk-pop that is the perfect balance of radio-friendliness and old fashioned goodness…” — 1340mag
“A mixture of melancholic lyrical content and upbeat ditties, this album is a must for those who love their indie rock with a folk twist.” — Golden Mixtape
“Meticulously crafted… Crooked Orchards is a wonderfully written album with a ton of heart.” — Team Reasonable
“There are so many good tracks [on Crooked Orchards] that it’s obvious they’ve come into their own stylistically.” — The Berkshire View
“[The four] multi-instrumentalists are testaments to a premier ensemble. Listening to Darling Valley will also provide three things you didn’t know you needed: tight vocal harmony, a variety of instruments and an overwhelming mix of heartbreak, encouragement and joy. And for that, we are grateful for Crooked Orchards.” — NYS Music
“Full of quaint melodies and endearing vocals… Darling Valley seem to include hints of every emotion and musical technique on [Crooked Orchards], making it well worth a full listen.” — Discover Indie/Alternative (DI/AM)
“Tall Tales is a document of how great a band can get in a relatively short span of time. This record is a keeper…” — Team Reasonable
“…As the first album revolved around the hardships of growing up, the sophomore release echoes acceptance, adulthood and thereby nostalgia of days passed. In essence, it is a much more warm release. The first impressions of this record are second to none. Going to this in the space of two years is a massive achievement…” — RockFreaks
“…a brilliant accomplishment that in lesser hands would be a disjointed mess. Tall Tales is very worth your time…” — Independent Clauses
“With their complimentary male and female duets and penchant for storytelling, [this is] basically what The Decemberists would sound like on anti-depressants…” — Decoy Music
“Growth and Squalor is a warm, honest and insightful look into our world today. It is a message designed to reach as many people as it can. It’s a gorgeous, atmospheric slice of indie-folk music. And in any case, this is one of the best albums of the year [9.5/10].” — AbsolutePunk.net
“…aims for the heart and does everything but kick you in the head with tender melodic passages, effortless transitions and a musical mindset that makes me think twice about labeling them as just indie rock. This is a band in full control of their commitments, expertly shaping each build and fall to their specific point. Raises the bar for indie musicians everywhere…” — Infectious Magazine