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The pretend-pop duo Peter Nichols and Jo Miller-Gamble trot out the carnival in this spirited and creaky release!

"Recorded in 2010, HOLIDAY/HOLINIGHT reveals, like an X-ray, how Great Valley un-bowed their land legs and first pushed off towards the sea. Five sparkling theme songs amble in sequence like a hand-cranked animated scroll, the protagonists boy shadows. "Born Again" warbles beneath the waves of a cramped coastal fairyland; "Lucky Me" is the boardwalk funhouse wriggling with ghosts. Part two's "My House" sounds as if the lamps and pots of your cottage are being tunefully tapped with a coffee table leg, and someone in the kitchen is sweetly bowing at the cookie sheet. "Under Beach" is the soft but thrilling chin-peck of un-certain doom, and "Wishwell" is the preemptive dirge. The far-from-home shivers constantly rattle and burble in the septics of the young men that helm this story, their naive bindle staffs boasting only ham sandwiches, an envelope of sour belts, and a tin of Vicks to remember mother by. In the wet, outstretched palm of every leering crone waits a suspect bonbon; nearby huddles a grizzled cast of wingnuts whose psychosis yawns 10 feet wide. Although the hot breath of the organ setting rasps menacingly in the background, it is a tale where glittering caches pine for our heroes in back corners and drawers, and a dappled pony is supplied for every getaway." --- Spooky Town Records

"It's raining cats and dogs right now, I am far away from beaches and sand and I hate the whole beach/surf garage sounds right now. Because I am not on beaches in California not even on the Baltic Sea. By the way - The Great Valley's record reflect this feeling very good. It's more like sitting in a cellar with just a dripping water pipe. No feelings of sun and beaches, just a weird nightmare about that. Well done! Spooooooky!" --- Dying for Bad Music

"I remember it was this time last year that I was taking my first cracks at animation and rockin' to this EP. Now it's a year later and I'm still "just starting" so why not continue listening to it? Yo, the Great Valley is the best. They describe themselves as "pretend-pop", which can mean whatever but I think it makes sense. This is my favorite release of theirs and it's full of so many catchy riffs and warm, pleasing textural sounds. The whole thing was recorded to an 8-track, for you analog dorks out there!" --- A Thorough Heap

Side A:
1. Born Again
2. Lucky Me!

Side B:
3. My House
4. Under Beach
5. Wishwell

Great Valley -- Holiday, Holinight EP (2010)


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