THURSDAY, 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24
Old City Hall, 814 Saginaw St.
Valley Hush (Detroit)
Less than a year since they played their debut show, this Detroit quartet has been making waves around the region for their evocative fusion of electronica, pop, and indie rock. Multi-instrumentalist and producer Alex Kaye crafts a synesthetic kaleidoscope of sounds, upon which Lianna Vanicelli lays her sultry and silken vocals. With two EPs under their belt — To Feel Small and, more recently, Don’t Wait — the group is steeped in dynamics, brushing subtleties against washes of vivid textures. Gloppy beats, sensual rhythms, and scintillating synths are the group’s hallmarks. The template is given an edge with Kaye’s guitar prowess, ranging from prog-rock tones to bluesy. With her serpentine pipes, Vanicelli is by turns predatory (“Black Sea”), yearning (“Healthy Hours”), tender (“Raw Form”), playful (“Journey Into Golden”), and seductive (“Bedrooms”). When it all comes together in a live setting, the quartet holds audiences in rapt attention, flowery vines draped on their instruments and incense smoke curling up to facilitate the ambiance. For heralding in the music side of HHMX, there’s no better band to lure you down the rabbit hole with a come-hither beckoning.