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DSD February 2, 2018: "Valleys" - HONORS


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DSD February 2, 2018: "Valleys" - HONORS

Shaun Cordingley

Welcome to the "Daily Song Drop":'s song of the day feature where our resident indie music writer and former DJ Shaun Cordingley features a song every weekday that he feels you need to hear. If you enjoy the track, please share it, so we can keep on talking about great new music!

Valleys - HONORS

Today on the Daily Song Drop we have a very cool R&B/Alternative track by Toronto-based band HONORS, called "Valleys", which you can check out below: 

I really dig "Valleys" chic, late-night in the city atmosphere--there's something about this track, and it's subtle layering of electric guitar, clean percussion, and light choral/gospel elements all work together to create an R&B track that sounds so very different from everything else out there, which is so very hard to do, and especially to execute it this well. I appreciate the fact that HONORS have kept the sound deceptively simple (perhaps "clean" is a better term...) but fold in different pieces to give "Valleys" a great deal of dynamism within the R&B formula. 
I especially want to mention the really clever, and engaging use of an indie rock-style electric guitar riff, but played at a tempo that adds depth to the track, rather than overwhelming it whenever it kicks in.

If "Valleys" is your first introduction to HONORS, be sure to give a listen to some of their earlier releases, particularly the lush pop track "Forever", or the alt rock anthem "All My Life" (these lads have a very diverse sound that makes me feel that they are truly going to have a special year if they keep releasing great tracks like these). 

As promised, here are the January 2018 Apple Music Playlist, and the January 2018 Spotify Playlist for the Daily Song Drop. It seems like we are starting off the month with the traditional "one song is missing" (that being "Board It Up" by Nekokat), but all in all it's a pretty fun list to start the year off!
Plus it was not the usual soul-murdering December/January blended list that always drove me nuts every year with its' "two months" of songs to try and fit together.
Who does that?

Anyway: as always, you can also check out the January Spotify List here: 

ICYMI (somehow) here are the December Apple Music Playlist, November Apple Music Playlist, October 2017 Apple Music PlaylistSeptember 2017 Apple Music Playlist August 2017 DSD Playlist July 2017 DSD PlaylistJune 2017 DSD Playlist, May 2017 DSD Playlist DSD Playlist - Apr 17DSD Playlist - Mar 17 , and there's also one kicking around for DSD Playlist - Feb 17 too!

Not to mention the fact that we totally also have a June '17 Spotify List, a July '17 Spotify List, an August '17 Spotify List, the September 2017 Spotify Playlist, October '17 Spotify Playlist, November Spotify Playlist, and December '17 Spotify Playlist  too!

If you're looking for me to add these lists somewhere beyond Apple Music and Spotify (or you want some of the old lists on Spotify), you're going to have to convince me (hard) by chatting with me here, or on Twitter

If you're looking for more great music, are late to the party, or just want more in your day, here are a few other playlists:

Apple Music TGF Top 50 Songs of 2017
Spotify TGF Top 50 Songs of 2017
Apple Music Playlist for the Top 20 Songs of 2016

There are other (earlier) playlists available for you if you check older "Tuesday Tunes" articles, or search on Apple Music itself. 

See you again next week with another new song! 

-S (@Shauncord

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