Bio: Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown. Their music is largely improvisational and is often set to original films that the collective has created.
Coaxing sounds from electric and acoustic sources, they weave meditative drones and soundscapes with "barely there" post-rock instrumentation to create a tapestry that Phil McMullen (Terrascope Online) refers to as "minimalist ambiance at its best. Heartfelt, soulful and affecting, like gazing into a scrapbook of memories".
Writing about their 2008 Silber Records release, The Distance Brings Us Closer, Jeff Penczak (Foxy Digitalis) says..."Northern Valentine’s music delivers a sense of floating in space or a communion with nature where the listener is enveloped in clouds of billowing sonics. The listener’s imagination can run wild creating images to accompany this ambient soundtrack...In sum, an awesomely hypnotic listening experience."
They have drawn comparisons to a wide range of artists; from Labradford, Windy and Carl, Flying Saucer Attack, Fennesz and Eluvium, to Godspeed You Black Emperor! and Mogwai. They have been performing live and touring in the US and Europe as a collective since 2006.
Each live performances can vary depending on who is involved with the collective at the time and the sound can range from quiet and meditative dronescapes, to loud and fuzzy instrumental post-rock elements, often within the same set. They have played clubs, bars, living rooms, basements, churches, restaurants and classrooms...as well as some unusual places like Eastern State Penitentiary and a series of shows in Iceland...including an historic show on June 8th, 2008, in which Northern Valentine played in Reykjavík, Iceland, with Icelandic band, For a Minor Reflection, at Viðeyjarkirkja, on the island of Viðey. The concert was the first musical performance to be performed at the church since it was consecrated in 1774.
Labels: Silber Records
Slicnaton, Remora (2) & Northern Valentine - Clear Field (File, MP3, 256) Silber Records 2008
The Distance Brings Us Closer (CD, Album) Silber Records 2008
Stars Whisper (File, MP3) Silber Records 2008
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