WATCH BETTY BLACK’S “VALLEY LOW” VIDEO
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“VALLEY LOW” SINGLE OUT NOW
NEW ALBUM DUE THIS FALL
“Betty‘s bound for the big time…her voice oozes soul while jazz, and punk play beautifully in the back ground.”VibeVixen
“(‘Valley Low’) is probably one of the sexiest songs I’ve heard all year. ” – The Joy of Violent Movement
“For all lovers of ominously sexy rock ’n’ roll, resistance is futile.” Ebony
“Musical chameleons like Sylvia Gordon do not come along every day.” Altsounds
“Just like alt-rock sirens Alison Mosshart and Karen O, Betty Black has a strange amalgamation of pop and grunge in her voice, giving her the ability to sing sweetly, but not without forcing you to wonder if there’s pain bubbling beneath the surface” – Okayplayer
Betty Black has just released the video for her new single, “Valley Low”, out now via Frau Pink Productions/KID Recordings. The video was shot deep in a Virgina valley and was directed and edited by Black. She gives the garage pop track a psychedelic and pastoral treatment that takes her down Alice’s rabbit hole to a sensuous ranch where she invites you to lay with her under blankets of fireworks! Watch the video where it premiered on Afropunk and also watch the director’s cut here and the single edit here.
With “Valley Low”, the adventurous musical chameleon creates a world where melodic psychedelic rock, campy ‘60’s pop exotica, groovy surf-rock and gritty electro-pop laced with layers of sultry crystalline vocals, fuzz guitars and driving drums explode into a feral sun-kissed kaleidoscope somewhere between The Kills, The Cramps,Russ Meyers’ ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ and Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The single was written, arranged, produced and performed by Black, mixed and recorded by Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ Basement Jaxx/ Bright Eyes) who also provided additional guitar and production. Listen to the trackhere on Souncloud.
The intoxicating world of Betty Black took physical form this past fall in Betty Black’s Electric Black Bungalow, a series of events curated by the artist at NYC’s influential Alphabet City haunt, Nublu. Bringing together a collective of emerging indie bands, Prince protégés, Bowie tributes and DJs representing the last four decades of NYC nightlife, along with her own spellbinding live performances, the month-long residency attracted everyone fromMike Stroud of Ratatat and David J. of Bauhaus to Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance. The events were the rapturous pinnacle of a year that saw the release of the singles “Fatality of Love” and “Bad Weather” from theBad Weather EP, and “Heartless” and “Come Back Lover” from the forthcoming Valley Low album due this fall.
Betty Black is the brainchild of multi-talented singer/songwriter, bassist and producer, Sylvia Black (aka Sylvia Gordon) whose gained international acclaim as the former lead vocalist, producer, and songwriter for New York-based dark electronic pop outfit KUDU and for successful her co-writes and collaborations with Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Chris Brown, Benny Benassi, The Knocks, RUN DMT and Télépopmusik, which have amassed sales over 5 million copies worldwide.
“Valley Low” (Single) is now available at iTunes and all digital retailers.
Photo credit: Betty Black