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Jennifer Gentle
Valende (Sub Pop)

By: Alex Steininger

Italian duo Jennifer Gentle's (comprised of Marco Fasolo and Alessio Gastaldello) Sub Pop debut, Valende (their fourth overall) is a sonic collision of noise-rock and psychedelia. Take, for instance, album opener "Universal Daughter", a psychedelic indie-folk number, while "Hessesopoa" is complete noise. Then there are "The Garden Pt. 1" and "The Garden Pt. 2" two songs that pay more homage to Syd Barrett (the due gets their name from a Barrett song). "Golden Drawings" brings these two worlds together, creating a noisy, ambient-filled psychedelic folk-rock song, while "I Do Dream You" is all garage-punk.

Leaning more on the psychedelic folk side, the album does have its other face, the noisier side, and together they make Jennifer Gentle and Valende, a mystic, yet fairly accessible album that showcases this Italian duo's haunting songwriting approach. I'll give it a B.

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