Valerie Orth 'Wake You' EP Release

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Valerie Orth 'Wake You' EP Release

Merrily James

Fri, January 27, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm

Mercury Lounge

New York, NY


This event is 21 and over

Valerie Orth - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
Valerie Orth
"There is an honesty to Valerie Orth's music that is both brilliant and heartbreaking.”- San Francisco Chronicle

A prolific songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, Valerie's Brooklyn-by-way-of-San Francisco-influenced music is unique and authentic. Integrating live instruments with electronic sounds, her newest project due out in January 2017, Wake You, carries the upbeat production and warmth of Sylvan Esso, the unexpected rhythms and percussion of Tune-Yards, and the dark vocals and trippy-ness of Portishead. Valerie’s songs take you on a journey through relationships and obsessions, and her often-metaphorical lyrics are spell-binding, steeped with palpable images.

Impose Magazine premiered her EP’s first single, Pixie, writing, “Almost haunting in its airy feel ... the song sends a powerful message of support and the desire to “make some noise,” which aligns with Orth’s activist roots.” With years of social justice organizing under her belt, Valerie is actively involved with Female Frequency, a collective dedicated to empowering women and girls in the music industry.

On stage, Valerie is a captivating performer, singing addictively and playing both electric guitar and Ableton Live’s Push controller to incorporate a range of synths and to improvise with her own vocal samples. With multiple vocal layers in her productions, her live band includes singers Michael Inge and Rachel Walker, who also add a good dose of soul to her eclectic sound both on the stage and on the Wake You EP.
Merrily James - (Set time: 7:00 PM)
Merrily James
Indie-pop songstress Merrily James is fascinated with the human condition. In a world where people are autonomous with technology yet desperate for love and human connection, her compositions are inspired by the courage it takes to be vulnerable and authentic. Blending elements of folk, electro-pop, and soul, Merrily’s meditative soundscapes are propelled by warm, cascading analog synths and raw, intricate vocal textures, welcoming comparisons to artists like Jessie Ware, Chelsea Lankes, Lykke Li, and Pure Bathing Culture.

The London-born, Seattle-raised songstress began honing her musical craft during her teen years — touring with the internationally acclaimed Total Experience Gospel Choir, competing as part of “Showtime at the Apollo, and learning songwriting through the Jimmy Hendrix Experience. After earning her undergraduate degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she relocated to Brooklyn where she immersed herself within the burgeoning local scene.

Over the course of her career, Merrily has collaborated with numerous Brooklyn music trendsetters including Brian Kelsey (Parlour Tricks) and Zac Taylor (American Authors) and shared the stage with industry icons such as Bobby McFerrin, Phillip Bailey (Earth, Wind, & Fire), Rocco Prestia (Tower of Power), Don Was, and Valerie Simpson.

Produced by Tommy Eichmann (Alex Winston, Twin Wave) with musical direction by Grant Zubritsky (MS/MR, Chet Faker), Merrily’s debut EP “Opia” is available everywhere.
Venue Information:
Mercury Lounge
217 E Houston St.
New York, NY, 10002