The Vale is an art pop duo composed of Oakland-based songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall. Combining elements of dream pop, guitar-driven folk, and experimental electronic music, the pair crafts intricately arranged pop songs that straddle the line between the nebulous and the intimate, the direct accessibility of pop music and the rigorous challenges of the avant-garde. Their sound has earned comparisons to artists like Grizzly Bear, Nick Drake, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Syd Barrett.
The Vale’s new single “In Motion” finds them embracing the warmth and radiance of their new home in California. Introducing shimmering electric guitars, a galloping rhythm section, and bright, energetic vocal harmonies to their sound, the track puts the influences of Mac DeMarco, George Harrison, Animal Collective, and The Hollies on full display. Significantly more expansive and up tempo than their previous efforts, “In Motion” represents a marked shift away from the sparse, muted approach on their 2014 album “From Another Room“. The band is currently planning a summer 2015 tour of the Pacific Northwest, and has begun working on their second album, to be released in autumn of 2015.
“In Motion” is also featured as current “single of the week” of the radio show L’Attimo Fuggente.