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Valerie Warntz

Valerie Warntz

The track is intentionally as heartfelt as it is pensive. Lyrically, Valerie doesn’t leave anything hanging; the song sort of has its completion, so it’s not ambiguous as most things that pass off as indie these days. The instrumentation perfectly complements this clarity. Like the beautiful string section; a sort of avant-garde unbashedness, with which there’s just so much strings and just so much piano that it leaves you craving more.

With a voice like honey, Valerie Warntz will manage to carry you away into a world much like a twisted Wonderland. She captures the cold and slightly broken feeling that dwells after losing love, using her vocal tone and timbre to penetrate your heart.

The emotional developments serve as consistent fuel for “I Don’t Love You Anymore’s” resonant, emotional fire, adding up to a song that represents a dynamic snapshot of the singer-songwriter in steady command of her craft while still occasionally giving way to passages of thin-skinned, deeply revealing storytelling.

Valerie’s vocals fortify the music’s backbone like calcium, and if ever this track lacked anything in production embellishment – which it doesn’t – it would make up for, in heart alone. And while the song is an elegant fusion of glittery piano tones and crackling percussion with the explicitly heartfelt chimes of Valerie Warntz’s serene, evocative delivery, the lyrics communicate a doleful experience.

The songwriting and arranging process is surprisingly well-executed considering this was her very first song – and the smooth, propulsive beat puts everything into a clear perspective: the delicate melody sounds intensely poignant; the confessional lyrics sound confident and true.

The song is full of both innocent sweetness and a knowing sadness, as it nags at your conscience and your ears – a paean to the disappointment and disillusion caused by human nature – something that Valerie Warntz is pretty skilled at picking apart and filtering into structured and inspired song-craft.

The melodic combination she presents with “I Don’t Love You Anymore” provides a presence so strong that it feels as if you have a cherished friend in the room playing some wonderful music just for you. Add to this a masterly arrangement that lightly and elegantly blends little touches of electric guitar effects, strings, percussion and a voice which delivers music of astonishing charm, beauty and depth.

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