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Northern Valentine

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Northern Valentine is a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based ambient/drone collective anchored by husband and wife, Robert and Amy Brown, and fellow musicians Matthew Primak, Jeffrey Bumiller and Ben Fleury-Steiner. 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.”

With the April 2012 release of the follow-up album on Silber Records, “Fin de siècle”, Northern Valentine have created a new series of textures and sounds that have been described as “stylish and haunting” (babysue.com), and as “moving between Elysium and blessed unrest” by Chuck van Zyl (Stars End Radio).

Mark S. Tucker (Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange) describes the album as…”slow, languorous waves of overlapping tones and progressions that narcotize, invoking a deep sense of catharsis, of subtle release of worldly tensions.

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