Death Valley Girls Share New Video “Little Things” – Album ‘Under the Spell of Joy’ Out Now via Suicide Squeeze Records

April 22, 2021
Photo credit: David Fearn


Share new video “Little Things”
Album ‘Under the Spell of Joy’ out now via Suicide Squeeze Records 

After releasing their new album ‘Under the Spell of Joy‘ via Suicide Squeeze Records last year, Los Angeles rock’n’roll band Death Valley Girls are sharing a new video for their track “Little Things” directed by Kelsey Hart/ The Little Ghost. 

On the track, Bonnie Bloomgarden, vocalist and guitarist of Death Valley Girls, said “We wrote ‘Little Things’ for a friend of ours who has been fighting for his life in physical pain for years. While we talked about how stinky his health and living situation was, he realized how much he still loved dreaming. We both realized if he shifted his focus to the part of his life, he loved- even if it was just when he was dreaming/daydreaming, that was perfectly ok! Focus on the little things!”

Speaking about the visuals, Kelsey Hart said “My aim for this video was to reflect the unbridled hope and joy of ‘Little Things’. Bonnie and I discuss our dreams daily, so I wanted to create a cartoonish psychedelic dreamscape that invited everyone to dance, sing, and revel in the optimism of daydreaming! In order to keep the production of this video maximally Covid-safe, I used special effects to bring Death Valley Girls together digitally. I was inspired by Teletubbies, public access TV, and Tony Oursler.”

“Little Things” sits perfectly at the mid/tail-end point of the incredible album. Their new album is easily one of the most immersive records, not only of last year but of our time. The entire record is a mythical exploration and a vital listen. The record flows with trippy elements that are both expansive and imperative. Clashes of keys, righteous riffs, surges of sensual sax, and serious compelling vocals throughout.

While studies have been conducted aiming to understand the science behind music, our inexplicable ability to tap into the emotions of another human being by way of arrangements of sonic frequencies still seems a bit like magic. LA’s Death Valley Girls have always sought to wield that magic like ancient mystics, creating psychic bonds with willing ears through the medium of their fiery rock n’ roll. On the surface, previous albums like Glow in the Dark and Darkness Rains were rowdy mash-ups of early American punk, sun-baked psych rock, and proto-metal fire-and-brimstone guitar worship, yet there was always an undercurrent of some kind of strange, celebratory communal ritual in their music. With their latest album Under the Spell of Joy, the band dives even deeper into that magical cosmic energy. 

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