Valley announce third studio album ‘Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden’ out Aug. 30

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Toronto alternative-pop group Valley have announced their upcoming studio album titled Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden, arriving Aug. 30 via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada. 

The band, comprising Rob Laska (lead vocals, guitar), Alex Dimauro (bass), and Karah James (vocals, drums), came together in 2016. Their musical collaboration has garnered significant recognition, including three Juno Award nominations.

The new album includes the title track, “Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden,” an exploration of love and loss. The song explores the idea that true happiness comes from within and emphasizes the idea that taking yourself too seriously can lead to unhappiness. 

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“Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden” was written during the same session that produced Valley’s viral hit, “Like 1999.” This track inspired the band to transition into a more pop-leaning direction, a path they have since continued to pursue. The song comes on the heels  of their highest streamed track in its debut week “When You Know Someone.”

“The songs just poured out of us,” Laska said. “I think that’s a true sign of when you’re making something special. We weren’t looking for things to write about. We knew exactly what we needed to write about. This is the first time I think we’ve ever witnessed as a band where everything’s there, we just have to reach out and grab it.”

Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden serves as a follow-up to last year’s record Lost in Translation and also marks the first record since guitarist Mickey Brandolino’s departure.

Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden tracklist:

1. Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden
2. A Little More
3. Growing (Apart)
4. When You Know Someone
5. Let It Rain
6. Crawlspace
7. Mosquito
8. Bop Ba
9. I Didn’t Even Ask For This
10. Bass Player’s Brother
11. Life Goes On Without Me
12. Cocoon

Valley also announced their Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden North American headlining tour, set to kick off on Sept. 28 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and will conclude on Oct. 22 in Seattle, Washington, with support from Mickey Darling and Charli Adams. For ticket information, go here.

Water the Flowers, Pray for a Garden US Tour Dates:

Sep 28, 2024 / Union Transfer / Philadelphia, PA
Sep 29, 2024 / House of Blues / Boston, MA
Oct 1, 2024 / 9:30 Club / Washington, DC
Oct 2, 2024 / Brooklyn Steel / Brooklyn, NY
Oct 4, 2024 / The Orange Peel / Asheville, NC
Oct 5, 2024 / Buckhead Theatre / Atlanta, GA
Oct 6, 2024 / Cannery Hall / Nashville, TN
Oct 8, 2024 / The Vic Theatre / Chicago, IL
Oct 9, 2024 / First Avenue / Minneapolis, MN
Oct 11, 2024 / Boulder Theatre / Boulder, CO
Oct 12, 2024 / Gothic Theatre / Denver, CO
Oct 13, 2024 / The Union Event Centre / Salt Lake City, UT
Oct 15, 2024 / The Van Buren / Phoenix, AZ
Oct 15, 2024 / The Observatory North Park / San Diego, CA
Oct 18, 2024 / The Wiltern / Los Angeles, CA
Oct 19, 2024 / The UC Theatre / Berkeley, CA
Oct 21, 2024 / Revolution Hall / Portland, OR
Oct 22, 2024 / The Showbox / Seattle, WA

Keep up with Valley: Instagram // Spotify // X // YouTube // Website

Clare Gehlich
Clare Gehlich
Clare is a recent Stony Brook University graduate, holding a BA in Journalism. She was a journalism intern at Melodic for the spring 2024 semester and currently serves as the album coordinator and is a freelance writer for the magazine.

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