Matt Valensi is a musician from Dunsborough who crafts nostalgic pop tunes with echoing guitar loops, sugary melodies and vivid lyrical imagery.
Valensi’s music shows glimpses of laidback tunesmiths Mac Demarco and Beck blended with the hypnotic crescendos of artists like Tash Sultana or Kurt Vile. His vocals channel the smooth drawl of Julian Casablancas and Lou Reed with a little Elvis Costello-style pep. Armed with a swag of guitars and his trusty loop pedal Valensi’s live shows have an immediacy and warmth that is addictively alluring and dreamy.
Valensi honed his sound as the frontman of Perth indie band The Prevues before moving to the coastal paradise of Dunsborough in Australia’s south west to surf, write and soak in the crisp coastal air. During his time with The Prevues, Valensi played alongside some of Perth’s top indie bands including Rainy Day Women, The Autumn Isles and The Morning Night. Here he received accolades for his “catchy-as-hell songs and captivating stage presence” (Xpress Magazine).
The Prevues first single Teenage Love was featured on RAGE and RTRFM and also as single of the week in Xpress Magazine. As a solo artist he has traded in his indie rock sound for a more intimate aesthetic suited to his new lifestyle in the south west.
In May 2017, after playing guitar alongside Luke Fox at the Groovin The Moo Festival, Valensi released his first two songs as a solo artist. A rollicking guitar pop daydream titled Rolling Blackouts Forever and a cover of the Ronnettes’ 1964 hit Be My Baby. Blackouts features reverb washed angular guitars over brooding vocals and some tinkling tambourine thrown in for good measure. The song’s fractured dance rhythms and use of the classic ‘Velvet Underground strum’ create a memorable landscape with a less is more ethos. Be My Baby is a nostalgic, hazy tribute to the Doo-wop era with jangly guitars and cave dwelling harmonies.
Valensi has been playing a number of intimate shows around the south west as well as some special guest appearances in Perth.