Eisley gets personal with new album, “The Valley”



Adrienne Savoldi

The best thing to do when your life is falling around you is write a song. Or just make a whole album of them.

The indie-rock group Eisley is back with its new album, “The Valley” after nearly four years without a full-length release.

The songs have an extremely personal touch, especially because the three DuPree sisters, who front the band, experienced painful breakups in their relationships. The song titles are telling of this, including “Watch it Die,” “Sad,” “Smarter” and “Better Love.” The album’s title “The Valley” invokes biblical imagery of walking in the valley of death but fearing no evil.

Eisley is made up of five DuPree family members: Sherri, guitarist and singer; Stacy, also a singer, keyboard player and guitarist; Chauntelle, guitarist and singer; their brother Weston, drummer; and their cousin Garron, bassist. This family factor helps the quality of music because these five people have grown up together and can make the album better with familial criticism. It also provides an already-developed trust that only family members can have.

The songs on “The Valley” are easily relatable—especially “Watch it Die.” How many times have we had to tell someone else that “my love for you has died” and all you can do is “watch it die” and perhaps see what was once something beautiful turn so ugly now?

“Sad” is one of the best songs, with the line, “you’ll be left alone and bleeding from the heart when he doesn’t come home.” The sisters’ vocal talents shone especially strong throughout this track.

The personal touches make this album enjoyable because you know the band isn’t just acting; rather, the musicians mean everything they say, and this believability strengthens the album in many ways.

The sisters Sherri and Stacy are the primary singers, and from listening to the album, it is obvious both girls have had excellent vocal training. And if in reality they don’t, then they have a wonderful natural talent for singing. The sisters utilize a lot of harmonies that blend together beautifully and are extremely pleasant on the ears.

Each song’s lyrics are so plainly from the heart that it is painful to say that you don’t like some of them. The poetry behind the songs is good, but some of the songs are a little boring to listen to. “Ambulance” is dull compared to a song like “Please” and sounded more like a lullaby than a track that belonged on an album that you want people to listen to with rapt attention.

“I Wish” sounds like a track that should be on the “Twilight” soundtrack and didn’t do much for the album, artistically or otherwise.

Fans of indie music will most likely enjoy this album. If you generally listen to more mainstream music, or harder rock, you may not experience the same enjoyment. For those who can bounce between genres successfully, try listening and seeing what you think.

The album will be released March 1.

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