Viana Valentine is “Hella Depressed” in New LP “Fever Dream”
Being a performer for most of her life, Valentine learned her love of music through performing with her pop-rock band, Royal Street. Now going solo, Valentine is currently inspired by artists like Maggie Rogers, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lords.
“Fever Dream” is a seven-song project encapsulating moments in Valentine’s life from the past few years. The EP takes an indie-pop route, elevating high moments with faster percussion and lower moments with guitar riffs.
“These songs range from talking about falling in love, not feeling worthy of love, from feeling like you’re drowning in life, to feeling like you’re too much,” Valentine said. “Ultimately, this album was a way for me to talk through what I’ve gone through, and my hope is that someone can relate who might be going through a similar time in their life.”
Check out Viana Valentine’s “Fever Dream”, available now on major streaming platforms like YouTube, Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud.
Find “Fever Dream” on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture Playlist on Spotify.
Margaret Adams is a Psychology major and Rhetoric and Writing minor at The Catholic University of America from New Orleans, Louisiana. In addition to her work with Alchemical, she writes for CUA’s student newspaper, The Tower, and has recently been named Quill Editor. She enjoys reading, writing, and looking at pictures of her dog, Bella.
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