Denham, Val – “I Saw Myself In Your Dreams Last Night” – [Vanity Case Records]
Val Denham is one of those unique persons whose story is rich and full and far reaching into so many aspects of life. Obsessive compulsive, artist, poet, transgender (which plays heavily into issues of duality), music cover artist, singer/songwriter, connected to Marc Almond, Coil, Genesis P. Orridge, O Paradis, and on and on. Renaissance person who moves to her own drum beat. A stunner.
“I Saw Myself…” is a 14 song testimonial to life, to a life well lived, to a life still living fully with all its ups and downs. The lyrics are stories of relationships that sometimes border on obsessive control or giving up control which is control. Decisions of powerlessness. Tales of loss and recovery. Negotiating in this modern world when having experienced so much. Coming to terms with achieving a seasoned status among the community. Tough stuff. Val’s voice is rough, folding in and out of the song tracks, sing talking as well as singing, making her own notes and meeting the rhythm of the track where and when she feels. It’s good.
The music is this eclectic, odd wonderful mix of guitar, synth, ukelele, trumpet. Track 1, “Nurse” is the best of late ’80’s angry rock done in a 21st century style. Gang of Four and The Ex would be proud. Great sounds.