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In Motion

by The Vale

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The Vale’s new single “In Motion” finds them embracing the warmth and radiance of their new home in California. Introducing shimmering electric guitars, a galloping rhythm section, and bright, energetic vocal harmonies to their sound, the track puts the influences of Mac DeMarco, George Harrison, Animal Collective, and The Hollies on full display. Significantly more expansive and up tempo than their previous efforts, “In Motion” represents a marked shift away from the sparse, muted approach on their 2014 album From Another Room.


released April 14, 2015

All performances by The Vale (Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall)
Words and music for "In Motion" by The Vale
Words and music for "Tiniest Lights" by Angel Olsen, arr. by The Vale

Recorded by The Vale at Mills College in March, 2015
Mastered by Daniel Ryan at Minbal Studios, Chicago
Artwork by Marissa Deitz



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The Vale Oakland, California

The Vale is an avant-pop duo formed in May 2013 by multi-instrumentalists Marissa Deitz and Chace Wall. Their confessional songwriting, intricate arrangements, and washed out, lo-fi recordings have garnered comparisons to Tyrannosaurus Rex, Grizzly Bear, Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, and White Fence. ... more

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Track Name: In Motion
So, my love
Here I stand and there you sit
Tired eyes
Beating back those little secrets we've been keeping
You and I

Tell me, love
What you see when I am near
Do you know
Where the time went, how we got here?
Did you feel it?

'Cause I can't say I
Ever had the thought we were in motion
Spinning out amongst the spheres

Tell me, love
Do you think our hands have slipped?
Lately I can't help wondering what I have missed,
and keep on dreaming of could and would

And sometimes getting lost inside the fog
of never-weres and anywheres

And I don't see you there
And I don't see you there
Track Name: Tiniest Lights
Another winter, another spring
Another old and restless thing
Another tremble, another shake
Another sleeps while the other waits
Bear your burden, the winded balm
Bury it down and down
Who had to put his trust in one so lonesome and so proud

And don't forget to say a word of fire-headed prayer
And if it's not within you, well, ask someone who is there
To turn you out toward the sun
Now that the season's begun
To lift these shadows from your heart
To shine a lightness in your dark

I'm looking out for the tiniest life
I'll be looking out for the tiniest sign
I'll be looking out for the tiniest light
To shine, shine on down
Won't you shine, shine on down?