We’re absolutely hooked on Valentina right now.
An LA native, she’s a badass singer songwriter storming her way into the music industry, whether P. Diddy likes it or not. She claims to have been raised by a pack of elves in Hollywood and we don’t doubt it. Her newest, self-produced, EP ‘Unmanageable’ is ripe with empowering imagery and larger-than-life production. Valentina comes out swinging with the first track ‘Alive’. The minimal production and progressive beat slowly build into an epic crescendo with the first chorus. Her deliberate writing and powerful vocals are inspiring, but also seemingly warning.
Got my fists, I’m ready for a battle… Now I’m out for blood.
Valentina’s vocal layering throughout gives the track depth sonically and pairs nicely with the shuffling hi-hats. I think it’s fair to say this track will get you very stoked. The next track ‘Powerful’ follows the same formula with a simple but absolutely huge intro complete with swelling cello vibrato, thundering bass line, staccato guitar strumming, and of course Valentina’s commanding vocals. This track is a ride. If ‘Alive’ didn’t get you going, ‘Powerful’ definitely will.
The following track, conveniently titled ‘Love Song’, is definitely a departure stylistically and tonally from the first two tracks. It begins with an innocent, charming acoustic riff and then,
Keep sucking that industry d*ck… Maybe you’ll even get laid.
This is the ultimate folk diss track, dripping with swagger. Her cutthroat lyrics bring out a certain rawness, one that perpetuates her innate authenticity. I’ve never heard someone get roasted over major chords, it’s almost more insulting that way (forget trap drums). Everyone knows someone like this, especially if you live in LA. More importantly, Valentina makes a broader commentary on the industry and its inherent artificiality. In the next track ‘Extra Good’ Valentina quickly picks up where she left off in ‘Love Song’.
Shut the f*cking door, I don’t want you in my life.
Once again, I’m baffled by how pleasant she makes that line sound. This one is definitely catchy and the pop-iest of the EP. But, the fact that she compares ego to male endowment automatically re-asserts her characteristic edginess.
Overall, the project is airtight. Valentina’s authentic diction and tone carry throughout tracks thanks to the compelling writing and colorful vignettes. The production is also rock solid. It’s consistency in basslines, bouncy drops, vocal layering, and instrumentals gives a powerful foundation for the vocals. Valentina is definitely paving her own lane. Another quality that sets her apart from the crowd is her incredible visual style which may stem from her photographic and modeling background. It’s clear that her music videos, photos, and art are all produced and styled with close attention to detail. A budding virtuoso, Valentina is here to disrupt.
Written by Patrick Koitzsch
Photos by Gus Bendinelli & Valentina Cytrynowicz