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Under the Spell of Joy

by Death Valley Girls

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soapboxcritic Bought this when someone described it as their "Funhouse" and am not disappointed. Favorite track: Hypnagogia.
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ian1984 Holding hands with our neighbors we watch our town burn, our homes burn. A chant begins "This is the end. let it come again."
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TSV Great music from one of the most genuine and wonderful people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Support real art from people who put their soul into it.
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captain_blake Psychedelic, grungy, poppy, cosmic; just about every rocking sound comes together to make Under The Spell Of Joy my personal favorite album of the Death Valley Girls! Favorite track: Under the Spell of Joy.
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Anthony Owsley Jubilant Punk-Pop. When I first heard this album I got the same giddy joy that I did when I first discovered The Primitives, The Slits and Throwing Muses. Favorite track: Hey Dena.
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maxbelle This album is a tease, like you know there’s more, like you need to see and hear them play these songs live. 10 Day Miracle Challenge is one of those songs. “If you’re looking for transcendental rock music, look no further.” Truth Favorite track: 10 Day Miracle Challenge.
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Hypnagogia 04:57
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Hold My Hand 02:41
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Bliss Out 03:23
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Hey Dena 03:42
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The Universe 04:33
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While singer and multi-instrumentalist Bonnie Bloomgarden and guitarist Larry Schemel knew their intention for the album before a single note was written, the actual nature and direction of the music was a mystery. The initial inspiration for the record came from the jubilant spirit of Ethiopian funk records the band had been listening to on tour, but once they began to channel the songs it seemed like the music came from somewhere not in the past but in the future. In the weeks leading up to recording, Death Valley Girls relied on their subconscious and effortlessly conjured Under the Spell of Joy’s eleven tracks as if they’d tapped into the Akashic Chronicle and pulled the music from the ether.

The album opens with “Hypnagogia,” an ode to the space between sleep and wakefulness where we are open to other realms of consciousness. The song slowly builds along a steady pulse provided by bassist Pickle (Nicole Smith) and drummer Rikki Styxx. Tripped out saxophone bleats from guest player Gabe Flores swirl on top of the organ drones laid out by guest keyboardist Gregg Foreman. The band’s choral objectives for Under the Spell of Joy are established right off the bat, with Bloomgarden’s melodic invocations bolstered by a choir, giving the album a rich and vibrant wall-of-sound aesthetic. The song ominously builds on its hypnotic foundation until it opens up into a raucous revelry at the four-minute mark. The portentous simmer of the opening track yields to the ecstatic rocker “Hold My Hand,” where verses reminiscent of Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting For The Man” explode into big triumphant choruses. From there the band launches into the title track, which marries the griminess of The Stooges with an innocence provided by a children’s choir chanting the album’s primary mantra “under the spell of joy / under the spell of love.” Death Valley Girls have always vacillated between lightness and darkness, and on “Bliss Out” they demonstrate their current exuberant focus with a patina-hued pop song driven by an irrepressibly buoyant organ line laid down by keyboardist The Kid (Laura Kelsey). A similar cosmic euphoria is obtained on “The Universe,” where alternating chords on the organ help elevate soaring saxophone and keyboard lines out beyond the stratosphere. If you’re looking for transcendental rock music, look no further.

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released October 2, 2020

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Death Valley Girls Los Angeles, California

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