The Toronto, ON-based avant garde pop artist Valery Gore began her musical career with formal training at the piano when she was 8. Gore’s classical training was further developed into conceptual songwriting when she studied jazz at Humber College.
The release of her her debut effort put Gore on the map as an artist to pay attention to as she developed a reputation for highly innovative songwriting and composition. In fact, her sophomore effort Avalanche to Wandering Bear was praised by Exclaim Magazine as “one of the best written and produced albums of the year.”
Gore’s forthcoming third effort. Idols in the Dark Heart may well put the Canadian singer/songwriter and composer on the international map as you’ll hear on the jazzy, yet moody and sensual first album “Amsterdam,” a composition that consists of piano, bass, strings, swirling electronics, drums and Gore’s unhurried but throaty croon. Sure, the song manages to have an old-time pop feel but it manages to be both accessible and modern; after all, the song, much like the entire album, manages to evoke the turbulence of almost all human relationships including the sensations of love, loss, nostalgia and self-doubt in a way that should feel familiar as it bears a resemblance to the likes of Fiona Apple.