Show Review: Chad Valley @ The Echo

Chad ValleyChad Valley is the name of Hugo Manuel’s solo project (he also fronts a band called Jonquil), a sometimes breezy sometimes ‘80s chillwave pop confection. How can all those adjectives fit into one act? Sometimes well, sometimes a bit clunkily, but always endearingly.

Those who came to see him perform at the Echo recently were treated to a fun evening as the Brit ran through tracks from his first full length, Young Hunger. At times, it was a dreamy thing, the twinkling notes of Up and Down” entrancing the audience. His Animal Collective sound as filtered through ‘80s Top 40 went over well, and hit a crescendo when one of the guest vocalists from the album joined him onstage. George Lewis Jr., aka Twin Shadow, reprised his role on I Owe You This” to balance out Manuel’s sweet falsetto with his grittier, soulful sound. A pretty night of bouncy mellow indietronica for the Brit-o-philes in the house.

Mo Herms for The Independent FM