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Deap Vally – “Royal Jelly” Review

November 11, 2015 | Posted by David Hayter
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LA duo Deap Vally burst on the scene in 2012 kicking out the jams with a guttural abandon and a cocksure snarl. Primal jaunts situated somewhere between blues and garage-rock growled and sauntered seductively before occasionally descending into primal pummellings (you know, just for the hell of it). Sitting in a space between The White Stripes and DFA 1979, Deap Vally were too busy howling at the moon and encouraging audience members to rip off their clothes to produce a truly ground breaking debut album. Instead, the ladies offered a satisfying 11 track collection and a litany of blood curdlingly brilliant singles (“Lies”, “Gonna Make My Own Money”, “Baby I Call Hell”, “End Of The World”).

Their latest single, “Royal Jelly”, signals the duos return and comes complete with a sleazy music video featuring Mick Jagger’s daughter Georgia. So what can we gleam from this near four minute delight? Have Deap Vally progressed? Well, if “Royal Jelly” is anything to go by, Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards’ check list for artist evolution looks a little this:

* Write radder riffs
* Sweat more
* Grind harder

To be fair, “Royal Jelly” does pick up where more atmospheric efforts like “Baby I Call Hell” left off. Lindsey and Julie are in no rush. They are happy to play with the quiet-loud dynamic allowing the lingering pauses to work their magic. Lindsey’s vocal chords are also given a break. Frenzied screams are withheld in favour of ever-so-slighty psychedelic harmonies and a loitering verse whose menace lies in the implied threat of brutality (rather than a howling explosion). Instead, Deap Vally are free to ride a sumptuous groove (which they enhances with their own satanic coos and whistles) assuming a more worldly role. The hook isn’t quite there for a lead single, but “Royal Jelly” shows plenty of promise (especially in those unnerving moments when the dual vocals overlap).

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Deap Vally are back with the slow burning temptation of "Royal Jelly". Rather than blistering straight ahead and whipping up a sweat soaked frenzy (see "Lies" and "Gonna Make My Own Money"), this track offers lingering forewarning vocals atop a deep and sumptuous groove. Truth be told, it doesn't rival the slap-you-about-the-face immediacy of Sisterionix's lead singles, but it does show signs of maturation and gives fans reason to hope for a bolder and more worldly follow up. "Royal Jelly" is not afraid to stew in its own juices - expect it sound better nestled in the heart of an LP - as a lead single it lacks fire power.

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