For anyone seeking spiritual clarity, Death Valley Girls has some wisdom to share. The Los Angeles desert rock band has prepared a new record that both enchants and heals; it will be called Under the Spell of Joy. The album is due out just three days shy of the anniversary of the band’s previous album, Darkness Rains; fans can expect it on October 2nd or pre-order the limited edition gold vinyl pressing today. Listen to the record’s first single “The Universe” below.
“Under the Spell of Joy is a space-gospel record. We believe we served as channels for what we think are guides. As we learn what the songs are about we realize they are meant to be sang like chants, hymns, or spells. Most of the songs were recorded with 12 voices, including a kids choir! We are learning that words with intention and energy hold so much power, especially when said or sang with a group. “The Universe” is a song to sing, a space to be, a time to think, remember, and truly feel that not only are we all connected, but we are also being guided.”
– Bonnie Bloomgarden, Death Valley Girls
Though the public cannot currently congregate en masse, Death Valley Girls still takes us to secular church. “The Universe” is marked by a steady organ, alongside bleating and wailing synthesizer and saxophone, which altogether creates euphoria. “Nobody is by themselves,” a dozen voices shout from the pulpit, continuing later, “It’s ok to hold onto the hand.” We are all connected in this cosmic maze of life, and Death Valley Girls are here to tell you to take it at your own pace. There is no better time to take care of one’s self than now.
The band’s sound is a psychedelic comfort, and the title of the new record comes with its own sense of safety. The phrase “under the spell of joy” appears on vocalist/guitarist Bonnie Bloomgarden’s favorite shirt as a cheeky advertisement for San Diego’s heavy rock group Joy, who gave her the garment as a gift a handful of years ago. The line became a mantra of sorts for Bloomgarden, who actively applied it to her life as she and her bandmates were writing their forthcoming album. This October, fans should get ready to be charmed by Death Valley Girls all over again.
by: Zoë Elaine