Nothing Valley
Melkbelly - Nothing Valley
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2017 Ratings: #170 / 668
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Based on 10 ratings
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Cramming what should be an unworkable heap of concepts and sounds into a deliciously volatile 35 minutes, Nothing Valley is a bracing blend of scraping noise and tender melody, not unlike the recipe used by Speedy Ortiz.

A.V. Club
With an infectious energy that shines through even the most plodding beats, the debut LP from Chicago’s Melkbelly is the kind of inspired noise-pop that similarly conquers 100 sound-alikes to lodge itself in the brain.
Drowned in Sound
For all the feverish riffs, squealing feedback and hysterical drumming (James Wetzel being one of the most engaging drummers of recent memory) their music isn’t a culmination of unfettered disorder. This is a band that clearly knows what they’re doing, and they're doing it brilliantly.

Composed of a married couple, a pair of brothers and a drummer schooled on jazz, Melkbelly is a family affair with what might have been a floating anchor, but Nothing Valley doesn’t drift. From the outside, at least, their combustion engine seems to run on chaotic cohesion, not familial friction.

Consequence of Sound
Powered by The Breeders’ cool, Lightning Bolt’s frenzy, and some of the band’s own magic, these strange, sun-baked tunes have summer written all over them; let’s see if they can last us the autumn.

On Nothing Valley ... Melkbelly reach their hands into pink slime and somehow pull out real nourishment, along the way finding square footing for a mutual next step.

Northern Transmissions
‘Nothing Valley’ is the product of opposing musical backgrounds colliding and then manifesting themselves at
full, merciless volume.
Add it up and it's an impressive display of indie rock knowledge and ability, enough to make anyone thinking they should give the band a pass (despite their unfortunate moniker) some deep second thoughts.
#91/Bandcamp Daily
Track List
  1. Off the Lot
  2. Kid Kreative
  3. R.O.R.O.B.
  4. Greedy Gull
  5. Petrified
  6. Middle Of
  7. Twin Looking Motherfucker
  8. Runxrn
  9. Return To Pan Candy Mountain
  10. Cawthra
  11. Helloween
Contributions By
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Added on: October 9, 2017