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Sam Valdez entered the music scene in 2017, and since then has been turning heads at every turn with her fusion of shoegaze and vintage Americana indie folk. She’s earned the praise of NPR’s KCRW, Black Book, and Indie Shuffle, just to name a few. Valdez’s reign began in Las Vegas, where she took inspiration from the desert landscapes around her. The atmospheric arrangements emanate with a sense of solitude and limitlessness, resounding like a sonic embodiment of having grown up at the edge of the Nevada desert.
Valdez exhibits a grand sense of musical maturity in her work, which may be the result of her training as a classical violinist. Her stunning compositions are influenced by the likes of Sufjan Stevens, The War On Drugs, and the poetic prose of Sylvia Plath. In a similar vein, Valdez’s own sound is one that echoes with the same lasting force of many a wordsmith before her.
Sam Valdez is finally bringing her debut EP Mirage to her listeners here! As you listen to these lasting, ethereal tracks remember,
“The EP was inspired by unexpected life shifts slapping you in the face. Musically, I wanted to combine the folk/Americana feel I had always written in with some more dreamy elements.”
Each song feels wholly designed to exist as part of one’s summer soundtrack, driving under an iridescent, starlit sky to nowhere. Valdez’s brings her lead single “It’s Alright” to her new EP, serving as the staple of her graceful lyrics that are brought to life by her thoughtful vocal prowess. “Carnival” is another standout track, with its haunting vocals that yearn for love. The dreamy melodic nature of the track is only elevated by the finger-picking guitar that is sure to pluck your own heartstrings. Her resonating vocals accompanied by the cinematic presence of each track is what makes Mirage such an emotive experience for fans and newcomers alike.
Enjoy an exclusive first listen of Sam Valdez’s Mirage below: