It’s a bit of a claim that Valley Queen’s singer Natalie Carrol can ‘evoke anyone from Grace Slick to Florence Welch to Dolores O’Riordan’. To my ears and for my tastes, it’s not a particularly impressive set of touchstones, but I know that the commercial spread of all of the aforementioned means not everyone will agree with me.
‘Supergiant’ is a lively folksy set that also draws on elements of jangly indie, and the first song, ‘Silver Tongue’ thumps along solidly while Natale swoops, soars and twangs tones that are more Ireland than Arkansas with layers of melody building around her amidst guitars rich in reverb. ‘Boiling Water’ brings high-energy indie bluster reminiscent of The Wedding Present and blends it with easy-going, tuneful vocals, and here's even a int of Dinosaur Jr about the title track.
The guitar break that the end of ‘Ride; gets a bit Brian May, but for the most part, the songs on ‘Supergiant’ are cohesive and nicely balanced combining for a musically entertaining and engaging set, with the melodies and the choruses right at the fore.