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Lead vocalist and guitarist Natalie Carol hails from Little Rock, Ark., and her singing reflects a version of the blues native to the region. Carol went west to California for college and, as so many college students do, discovered Led Zeppelin. She started a band that blended the two styles together—brash, fuzzed-out guitars meet Carol’s occasional twang for a new take on Californian country. Valley Queen is Neil Young meets Florence Welch.
The new single “Supergiant” (and the eponymous forthcoming album it’s featured on) takes its title from the brightest stars in the universe—which happen to burn the fastest. “The song ‘Supergiant’ is about how we’re all made up of the same stuff as stars, and I liked the idea of tying the whole album together with that metaphor,” said Carol. ““It takes all the drama you hear on the record—the aggressive, chaotic moments, and the more beautiful or quieter moments—and puts it all into a more galactic perspective.”