Music Review: Valley – “Lost in Translation” Album

Valley, the alternative-pop band hailing from Canada, is gearing up for the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album, “Lost in Translation,” on June 23. As a precursor to the album, they have just unveiled their latest single, “Have A Good Summer (Without Me),” which encapsulates a unique type of heartache amidst the backdrop of sunshine and seasonal expectations. The track beautifully captures the feeling of longing and reminiscence associated with summer break-ups.

In “Have A Good Summer (Without Me),” Valley takes a fresh approach to a theme that has been explored by notable artists like Lana Del Rey, Regina Spektor, and Taylor Swift. The lyrics delve into the pain of watching someone move on while secretly hoping they remember the shared moments: “If you fall for somebody new, do everything we used to do, I hope it gets you thinking about me.” The song portrays the bittersweet contradiction of summertime, where love and its adventures are heightened by the warmth, water, and sunshine. Valley expresses a deep affection that allows them to let go, despite the devastation it brings.


This single follows the release of three previously unveiled tracks from the album, each contributing to the growing anticipation for “Lost in Translation.” “Throwback Tears” was the album’s initial announcement, gaining attention from fans and even catching the ear of Kerala folk/indie group When Chai Met Toast, who covered the song. The band also shared a live performance video of “Good, but not together” and witnessed the fan-favorite status of “Break For You” during their North American tour. These tracks have collectively amassed over 10 million streams worldwide, showcasing Valley’s expanding global appeal.

Left to right: Mickey Brandolino, Alex Dimauro, Rob Laska, Karah James

Photo Credit: Becca Hamel

Valley’s North American ‘Lost in Translation’ headlining tour has been met with immense acclaim, with audiences enthusiastically responding to the new songs woven seamlessly into their danceable love song repertoire. After concluding their North American tour, Valley is set to embark on a tour across Southeast Asia and Australia, offering headlining shows to their growing international fanbase. This includes a performance at the Road To Sonic Bang Music Festival in Thailand alongside renowned acts like LANY, ADOY, and Burnout Syndromes. Additionally, Valley has exciting news for Canadian fans as they announce their support for Dermot Kennedy on six newly added dates of The Sonder Tour, playing in arena venues across Canada this fall.

“Lost in Translation” promises to be a remarkable album, showcasing Valley’s exceptional songcraft and their ability to deliver infectious hooks that resonate with listeners worldwide. Their uplifting sounds and infectious energy have the power to boost anyone’s mood, appealing even to the most discerning listeners. Valley has transitioned from indie pop’s best-kept secret to an influential force in the genre, capturing the essence of tender hopes and heartbreaking what-ifs through their music.

As we eagerly await the release of “Lost in Translation,” Valley continues to solidify their place in the music industry, accumulating accolades such as Juno Award nominations and gaining recognition from notable publications. Their gold-certified single, “Like 1999,” broke international borders and propelled them to global viral charts. Valley’s energetic live performances have further enhanced their reputation, sharing stages with artists like Lennon Stella, The Band CAMINO, and Arkells, and gracing renowned music festivals worldwide.

With their captivating melodies, eloquent songwriting, and a fresh approach to pop music, Valley is set to make waves in 2023. The upcoming release of their second album and a headlining tour signal an explosive year for the band. Make sure to stay tuned for the highly anticipated “Lost in Translation” and witness Valley’s musical evolution unfold.


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Written by Anissa Sutton

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