Valery Gore

Valery Gore

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN

Valery Gore's September 2014 release 'Idols In The Dark Heart' is an eclectic collection of electro infused avant-pop songs that challenge convention with subtly complex rhythms, jazz undertones, memorable hooks, and vivid arrangements. Exploring the turbulent waters of human relationships, Gore's lyrical and carefully phrased melodic reflections are broached with optimistic vibrancy .


Valery Gore set out to claim new territory on her third and upcoming album Idols In The Dark Heart. Four years in the making, this album charters a course across the turbulent waters of human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt. Navigated by Gore’s throaty, candid voice, the listener is swept through a lush and lyrical paradise filled with synth melodies, confident acoustics and low Moog bass lines. The end result is an exquisitely crafted blend of woven harmonies and melodic hooks that feels like a journey to exotic shores.

Gore was a pianist before explorer. Training formally from the age of eight, she developed her classical chops into conceptual songwriting with a shift to jazz studies at Humber College in Toronto, Valery’s home base. Her debut album established her solid fan base and reputation for innovative songwriting, and Exclaim Magazine noted her second album, Avalanche To Wandering Bear as “one of the best written and produced records of the year.” Now Gore’s back with her most exciting collection of songs to date, where ideas are expressed in beats and bass lines, and the piano makes room for the conversing of guests. The structure of the album is rich and textured, yet still accessible with its pop smarts pleasantly intact.

Idols was co-produced by Gore’s long-time bassist Devon Henderson, which gave this musical expedition a natural unfolding as the two passed fleshed out demos back and forth before hitting the studio. Working with engineer Dean Nelson (Beck, Jamie Lidell, Charlotte Gainsbourg) and mix engineer Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, The Wooden Sky) lent a new dynamic to the rhythms and melodies that pulse through the album like currents, ferrying the listener along with a beautiful mystery.

These past few years have found Gore on two International tours of Germany, Switzerland, and England. Along with her band, she has performed in venues across Canada and as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, Atlantic Jazz Fest, Pop Montreal, NXNE, CMW, and Evolve Festival. She performed with Buck 65 at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, Jazz Winnipeg Festival, and Home County Folk Festival. Japan, Australia, China, and L.A. have also been stops on Gore’s tour map. With heavy radio airplay in Germany (FluxFM, Berlin) and on CBC’s various programs, Valery has also performed live on Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Radio 2 Drive, Canada Live, Metro Morning, GO, Bandwidth, and XM Radio’s The Verge.

Valery’s self-titled debut album was released in 2005 through Six Shooter Records/Warner Music Canada. Her sophomore album Avalanche To Wandering Bear was released in 2008 through Do Right Music/Outside Music.

Idols In The Dark Heart is slated for release in September 2014. In a recent show review, Exclaim Magazine described Gore as “quite possibly the most underrated sonic artist in this or any other country, breathing new life into traditional song forms with idiosyncratic melodies, subtly complex rhythms and eclectic arrangements that reveal an expansive listening palate. Casual and charming on stage when not astounding with her involving piano work and vocals.”


With The Future

Written By: Valery Gore

I set you down
I'm so cold
I'm sorry you can't feel my warmth anymore

What do you want with the
future at your fingertips

Tar-feathered by this change
I'm too reflective to engage

What do you want with the
future at your fingertips

Hummingbird In Reverse

Written By: Valery Gore

Found out in Rostock that you'd be gone in forty-five
The removal of the mortal minute maker machine with green lit peaks and valleys
stretching evenly apart, flat line

It was too damn bright in the grotesquely beautiful park
Thick blades of grass grew, sunlight wooed the white blossom trees and
factory sleeves smoked the sky

All of the singing in the air couldn't be stopped
It's better to have loved and lost
And I never once felt lonely for you but now I do
It's stark as his stance at the window pane some where
Saturated spring, hummingbirds flying in reverse
I get caught in the blur of pouring rain

Now I'm in the ghost corridor
where the veins live
where they pump it
all that blood I
want to give you
as your heart thumps loosely inside a wicker cage

We're as loyal as fire
we stick around just long enough to burn things down

So I can't help the ping pong forethought of descendants
Is it a security to have someone to miss with
Or is it so that they can miss me
So that every good thing that happens to them happens to me
So I can watch from the front yard as they pull away from me
And when I dissolve into the earth there's a person to represent all that I stood for

Or isn't it? Since I've been building up the same house with the same materials
and then knocking it to the ground
I don't want to pass on hand me downs though given a body to expel
it's own replacement

It feels the roles have been set for years
We inherit each other's tears
and fumble around in the giving purse
What's worse?


Written By: Lyrics by Valery Gore,Music by Valery Gore and Joshua Van Tassel

I've known your lungs 
but not enough
to know those lungs are now full of blood

Songbird throated all the 
secrets of the non-sense above the clouds

It hurts sometimes
in the way that you feel it in your ribs
feel it in your fingertips

Or on the side of your sleeping head
pillow of lace and lead

Or in the way where the city's torn in two
and one half drops with the weight of you
A stringed instrument could follow your tune
stretched by the inevitable falling we'll do

You meet it at the edge of the bitter ocean
a sand pile sure knows how to glitter now
Waist deep into the final hours
before the sun tower topples into flowers

And now it seems the city's torn in two
and one half drops with the weight of you
A stringed instrument could follow your tune
stretched by the inevitable falling we'll do


Written By: Valery Gore

Layers uncurl where there were only closed flowers
I get the courage, my eversion shows you other colours
Rumbling just below traffic, abandoned conversations
Cheating fear, surviving cities, leaving old elements there
Amsterdam don’t let me down
Seasons could collaborate
forget the movements
When I move you, you’ll move with me
Distal and unlocked from those that remain with other matter
Amsterdam don’t let me down
Seasons could collaborate
Forget the movements


September 2014 - Idols In The Dark Heart (Label TBD)

- Avalanche To Wandering Bear (Do Right Music/Outside Music)

2005 - S/T (Six Shooter Records/Warner Music Canada)

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