Sunny Ozell’s latest single, ‘The Valley’, is a gently beautiful piece of work and the accompanying video demonstrates masterful musicianship. This Los Lobos cover is taken from her new EP ‘Live at the Village’, which also features four acoustic versions of songs from the acclaimed ‘Overnight Lows’, released earlier this year. Although theses new recordings are acoustic, Ozell says: “These re-imaginings are distilled, direct, and unflinching.”
Ozell explains the choice of cover: “I believe Los Lobos to be one of America’s greatest living rock bands. Their body of work is wide and remarkable, with composition and musicianship that is acutely human, organic, and intelligent. But their approach to the actual ‘auditory experience’ of their music adds layers of meaning for me as listener, and I find that their sonic choices only serve to push their music into that realm of the ineffable, where you can’t quite put your finger on why you’re crying, you just know that you’re deeply moved. And to my mind, ‘The Valley’ is a great example of this kind of profound synthesis between form and content.” If you enjoyed the excellent ‘Overnight Lows’, then the raw versions of the songs to be found on the new EP are essential listening. Enjoy.