Your Own Shadow

by Valerie Renay

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Music for fast moving clouds

Ethereal Electro Visceral Melodic

Berlin-based French Caribbean performer, painter and electronic pop chanteuse Valerie Renay (one half of Noblesse Oblige) presents her first solo album Your Own Shadow, co-produced by Alexander Paulick-Thiel (Kreidler): Empowering and ethereal songs that exude dreamy, dark electronic scents with a visceral twist.

After initial help from producer Moses Schneider and Einstürzende Neubauten’s engineer Boris Wilsdorf, Valerie was set on a path where her sound could continue to develop organically, as she travelled solo, testing new material in front of international audiences (Live appearances in Germany, Poland, South Africa, Italy).

The stage show is raw and sensual, with Valerie delivering a dramatic and emotionally charged vocal performance. Poignant stories are delivered in English and French over layers of synths, guitar, and hypnotic bass lines, bouncing off bewitching tribal beats.
Brutal and soulful at once, each concert can only be described as a ritualistic experience oozing with punk attitude.

Somewhere between two colliding worlds, this album was conceived at a moment of deep transition. The radical transformation Valerie experienced triggered the making of an opus full of contrasts.

Some of the songs like Darkest Lake suggest deep vulnerability, others like Kick Again, a kind of confidence bordering on brashness. As a creature of extremes, these are all parts of Valerie’s journey. She explains how those pulsations are exacerbated when in creative mode, pulling her from ecstasy to complete gloom. From the exhilaration of Speed Of Blue (lyrics by Ian Pickering of Sneaker Pimps) to the deep sadness of Hollow, she takes us through the whole spectrum of human emotions.

Valerie: “The desire to explore my own limits and share intimate sensations motivated me to write these songs. I started this solo project to exorcise private demons. Writing songs alone is such a beautiful but lonely path, you are faced with yourself, your own fear, your own doubts but also the incredible feeling that everything is possible and options are endless. The choice is yours, you’re the pilot flying that plane. I needed to get those songs out of my system because they inhabited me like unresolved, fragile tales that I wanted to share, to understand better who I am.”

“Your Own Shadow, the title of the album refers to the feeling you have when you don’t recognise yourself anymore because you are made to feel small, insignificant, empty and lost. You know this is not the real you... Somewhere the real you still has fire and power but your very existence feels so meaningless. You forget how to be standing on your own two feet.”

Valerie’s music places less emphasis on structure, technical knowledge and production and more on raw emotional content. The songs are quite bare and simple compared to the work she did with Noblesse Oblige, straighter to the point and far more direct.

Valerie: “It was a learning process for me to teach myself how to play every instrument, to create arrangements and basic productions. However, working with these limitations also gave me a strange new sense of freedom and power.”

The result of her solitary journey is Your Own Shadow, a collection of haunting melodies coloured with delicate poetry. A series of soundscapes that invite you to tread the world's darker paths and roughest edges, while still being lifted by Valerie's love for ecstatic electronics and harmonic tones.

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released September 7, 2018

All Music & Lyrics by Valerie Renay
Except Speed of Blue: Lyrics by Ian Pickering
Co-produced by Alex Paulick-Thiel
Mastered by Mike Grinser at Manmade Mastering
Photos by CHIPI

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Valerie Renay Berlin, Germany

"Postpunk chansons somewhere between Charlotte Gainsbourg and Malaria" Siegessäule

Music for fast moving clouds

Ethereal Electro Visceral Melodic

Berlin-based French Caribbean performer, painter and electronic pop chanteuse
Valerie Renay (one half of Noblesse Oblige) presents her first solo album Your Own Shadow, co-produced by Alexander Paulick-Thiel (Kreidler):
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Track Name: Hollow
When you feel like your own shadow
And every breath your breath brings sorrow
When you feel like your own shadow
And every step you take seems shallow

When you feel like your own shadow
And your heart grows dark and hollow
... Hard to shallow
Track Name: Speed Of Blue
Blues is the warmest colour

Melancholy sunsets

makes us easy on the eye

True is the strangest feeling

learning loves these lies

exempt from beauty

Too eagerly rushed to destruction like a random car crash

So eager to rush for destruction like a random car crash waiting to happen

So eager to rush for destruction like a random car crash

A guilty conscience needs no accused but sleeps like thunder

Blue is the warmest colour

Blue is the warmest colour

A guilty conscience needs no accused but sleeps like thunder

A guilty conscience needs no accused but sleeps like thunder

Red meat to the bones exhumed in jaundiced numbers

Blue is the warmest colour

Friendship a worn out gesture

Blue is the warmest colour
Track Name: Sailor
Once upon a time when the ocean was the sky
Once upon a time, the horizon was all mine
And when I closed my eyes, I could see your face and smile
When I closed my eyes time suspended for a while

But with the words I know I could never hold you back
And with all the tears I cried I could never bring you back
Track Name: Rough & Ready
I woke up late the sun was high up
My head was heavy, my thoughts were blurry
Rough & ready
The day was coming straight at me
I tried to face reality
A little push would help me maybe
Get on my feet and take it easy
Rough & ready...oh so ready
Can't quite remember, it doesn't matter
What happens next I'll soon discover
Track Name: Kick Again
How much does it take
Until everything breaks
How long will you wait?
Time ticks, time to wake
You've waited long enough
It's time to kick again
Kick again

You feel the shift
You know the storm is coming
Your body's stiff, inside the pressure's rising
You've waited long enough
It's time to kick again
Kick again

Pumping adrenaline
Your heart has started racing
The rage inside no longer hides x4

It's time to kick again
Track Name: Melancholia
Une tristesse vague m'envahit
Une voyage au bout de la nuit
Une silence enfouit sous la pluis
Je crois que je n'ai plus peur

Melancholie qui me sourit
Nostalgie d'hier d'aujoud'hui
Maintenant dans mon cœur
Melodie souvenir douleur

M'envahit...
Track Name: Darkest Lake
I always wish for something that I don t have
I'm home alone and you're on my mind
I have that longing feeling, I cannot hide
This voice inside my secret side
My secret side

Those words I hear you whisper, they do me well
The pain inside is deeper that I can tell
I found a place to keep it safe
I drown it down the deepest lake, the darkest lake

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