Combining members of Montreal's Shalabi Effect and GY!BE /Silver Mt. Zion with Torontonians from Do Make Say Think and Broken Social Scene; Valley Of The Giants stretches out like manifest destiny: countryblues ballads, spaghetti-western sound bites, gypsy strings, and mariachi melancholy.
A new myth of the old West, blowing through the ghost town between your ears.
Lanark Islands, Ontario. An old farm-house with a brand new 4-track. It was the dead of winter. Outside the window a black goat with devil horns stared up from the blinding snow. Ivan calls those four green walls at the top of the stars the 'happy room'. It was where the songs were born. A dream of a while griffin appeared suggesting the fuzzy music be turned into an album. Sophie (from godspeed and silver mt zion) and I (anthony of the shalabi effect) talked about recording for years. Brendan (from broken social scene) and I talked about recording for years. Raul insisted we not overkill the preparation. We had one rehearsal and all five musicians including Charlie (from do make say think and broken social scene) fresh off the train, met for the first time in the studio. Deirdre (from strawberry) and Scott just bought the Michael Crichton film Westworld. We say back on the mechanized psycho-desert landscape. Diedre pulled out a pen and began to write lyrics based on the lonely murderous robot cowboy. There you have it. ~ Anthony Seck.