Plucked from forthcoming album due in May.
By Blurt Staff
The debut solo album from erstwhile Calla frontman Aurelio Valle, Acme Power Transmission, is set to drop May 30 via Nuevo Leon Recordings. Pretty stoked to unveil a fresh track exclusively for you, gentle BLURT readers. It’s called “Superhawk” and it soars. Click on this link to listen to it or download:
Self-produced, the album was recorded in Valle’s apartment under an elevated subway line in 2013 after five years of private, contemplative musical experimentation. Through ten years and six studio albums this inquisitiveness was given voice in the band Calla. Then, suddenly in 2007, sensing something was missing Valle took a purposeful step back from the music business. He apprenticed as a motorcycle mechanic while assisting in a friend’s bespoke tailor shop.
Named for his landlord’s auto parts store — where Valle bought gaskets and pistons — the album is the sound of those six gap years. You can hear glimpses of where he’s been in the fricative electronics, grinding slack and stripped, on openers “Bruised and Defused” and “Deadbeat.” You can hear further steps in the unexpected raucous strut of the brass and string-tinged “Superhawk.” Like a boxer throwing feints and nervous jabs, the neighborhood itself is there too in the bodega shuffle of “Movement” and the early morning urban vistas of “Cowboy.” Echoes of his ambient film work emerge throughout, most clearly in the instrumentals “Kino” and “Centuries,” culminating in the optimistic and skittish “Electraglide” fronted by Nina Persson (The Cardigans, A Camp) Check him out for more info at http://aureliovalle.com