GENTLE BEAST: Valorie Is Dead: CD

“I’ve got an existential dilemma, yeah,” repeats the phrase from the song, “Existential Dilemma.” Don’t we all? I’d hate to see the kind of music I’d create with my existential dilemma. Gentle Beast, which is really just Royce Icon (which also sounds like a fake name), has used his existential dilemma to create a lo-fi sound that reminds me of Sebadoh on a bad day. And I hate Sebadoh. Off-key vocals and minimal, jangly guitar seal the deal and makes Valorie Is Dead super craptacular.

 –kurt ([email protected])