In the video for ‘The Valley,’ brother-sister duo Ardyn take a road trip through the Devonshire countryside in an old RV. It’s an adventure that takes them along the open road, but also across clifftops and moors; they even indulge in a spot of night-driving. The pair’s journey through Dartmoor captures them getting back in touch with nature, the perfect metaphor for their lusciously organic sound.
‘The Valley’ starts somewhat unassumingly with minimal guitar and a single hi-hat, before very gradually building percussion. Ardyn bide their time, creating a haunting, evocative atmosphere. Eventually that wait pays off. The track explodes with strings, organ and harmonies, surging towards a powerful yet melancholic chorus. Holding it all together are Katy’s vocals - quivering, raw and beautifully restrained, she weaves a touching tale of lost innocence.
As the central focus of their new EP, ‘The Valley’ shows off every nuanced facet of Ardyn’s carefully constructed alt-folk sound.