The Oxford, UK-based Hugo Manuel writes, records and performs under the moniker Chad Valley. He’s also a member of the Jonquil and the Blessing Force collective but as a solo artist, he’s been burning up the blogosphere with a synth pop sound straight out of the early 80s. “Fall 4 U” is the latest single off Chad Valley’s forthcoming Cascine Records release, Young Hunger slated to drop on October 30th. 

Certainly, the track is slickly produced and it reminds me quite a bit of Spandau Ballet’s “True” and other synth pop ballads of the 80s. (And I suspect that you’ll hear a lot about him and his labelmates at Cascine Records over the summer.)

Chad Valley is back in the States, touring to support the new effort and it includes two NYC area stops – April 12th at Glasslands with Rush Midnight and April 13th at Mercury Lounge with Selebrities