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Valere - Album Review: Colours

01 Oct 2020 // A review by Corinne Rutherford

Auckland based songwriter and producer Shana Llorando is electro-pop, RnB musical artist Valere. Recently releasing her luscious debut 13 track original album Colours, full of delightfully fresh and funky tracks, each one flowing harmoniously with warmth and honesty.

There is an electronic sound which snakes it way through each track creating a bright and buoyant tone. A youthful, vibrant vibe reflected in this album matches the colours it represents.

Valere's songwriting on Colours has been described as "beautifully-written (and frankly, super relatable) subject matter that delves deep into love, heartbreak, longing and yearning." Personally, I found it to be a touching and emotive journey of lyrical story telling.

The stand out tracks on Colours for me were: The Middle, which has a beautiful use of harmony. It is an uplifting song about letting go of demons and doubts and asks the question "what if we weren’t so scared of love". Circles is a catchy track with a good beat and a heavy dose of drum machine to back it up. Finally, the slower paced Stick Around, accompanied by piano rather than synth creating a stunning contrast.

Enriched with electro-pop, late 1990s RnB influences Colours is a very well written album. Captured emotion has been turned into a real gem, a charming album delivered with grace. A pleasure to listen to.

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Valere

Ethereal, serene and heartfelt, Valere brings an eclectic mix of soul and synth known to move audiences. Valere is songwriter and producer Shana Llorando, whose palate of warm new wave sounds, R&B melodies and intricate rhythms mesh into arrangements that are both kinetic and intimate. The word ‘valere’ means ‘to be worth’. This is the heart of Valere; finding one’s worth in the right place and the journey of the search.




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Colours
Year: 2020
Type: Album

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