The bedroom pop gods have officially blessed us with Sam Valdez’s dreamy new single “Toothache”. Opening with masterfully reverbed cords and vocals, “Toothache” is a velvety ballad that echoes the soul of surf rock. Sam swoons us with her silky voice and brooding lyrics that subverts the classic breakup song through espousing self-love and independence.
Sam’s music is heavily influenced by her childhood experiences and growing up in the Nevada desert. Her sound is a melting pot of subgenres that channel the nostalgia of the 1960s. This uniquely cinematic soundscape has been praised by music critics (including Grimy Goods when we featured Same on our annual artists to watch forecast). She’s toured with artists that include Stella Donnelly, Cayucas, Giant Rocks and more.
With regards to her songwriting process, Sam revealed that, “I’ve always tried to write from the most genuine place that I can, but lately, and with this record, I’ve been working on sharing different sides to myself and my emotions.” She adds that, “Melancholic, comforting, and thought-provoking is what I look for in music and what I feel and hope comes across in mine.”
“Toothache” is the first single off Sam Valdez’s upcoming album and embodies, both sonically and in mood, a skilled balance between timely and contemporary. The track is now available globally on all streaming platforms.