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Val Esway & El Mirage | Pretend to Believe

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Pretend to Believe

by Val Esway & El Mirage

It's a little bit twang, a little bit torch - a sound we like to call Ameri...kinda.
Genre: Country: Country Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Whiskey Trail
2:49 $0.99
2. Sweet Thing
3:18 $0.99
3. Think of Me
2:58 $0.99
4. Bitter Tears
4:19 $0.99
5. Whiskey Lullaby
3:19 $0.99
6. Baby Found a New Love
2:07 $0.99
7. Birthday
4:12 $0.99
8. Pretend to Believe
1:52 $0.99
9. Lowdown Lonesome Lovesick Blues
2:12 $0.99
10. Better Unspoken
4:38 $0.99
11. Wake Up Little Maggie
3:57 $0.99
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Album Notes
After years spent winning folks over with the ethereal soundscapes of Ramona the Pest and the twang-inspired stylings of Loretta Lynch, Val Esway continues her explorations of love, liquor & loss with Pretend to Believe, the follow up to the critically acclaimed 2005 release Lovers, Losers, Liars.

Just like Lovers, Losers, Liars, Pretend to Believe is chock full of Val's spine-tingling vocals spinning torch tales, hillbilly lullabies, murder ballads and lowdown blues, for a sound she likes to call Ameri...kinda.

As with her previous efforts, a great many of these songs were born through Val's participation in the Immersion Composition Society, wherein each participant writes and records as many songs as possible on each selected day. Val credits ICS for transforming her creative life and her song writing forever, contributing to her continuing love affair/obsession with song.

These songs were plucked from over 250 written over a two and a half year period, and are made to shine thanks to a slew of very special guests otherwise known as El Mirage (Lucio Menegon, Joe Rut, Myles Boisen, Wil Hendricks, John Hanes, Berge Thomasian*).

Whether she's singing sweet sounding takes of murder and heartache or toe tapping ditties of revenge and regret, Val Esway will surely disarm you with her soulful siren sounds.

*...Collectively, the members of El Mirage have graced all sorts of recordings and stages, with folks like Tom Waits, Etta James, Fred Frith, Bonnie Rait, John Zorn, Nina Hagen, The Lofty Pillars, Eleni Mandell, The OverDub Club, and oh, so many more...



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Misery never sounded so good!
Another achingly beautiful CD from Val. Val’s talents as a tunesmith and chanteuse are perfectly immortalized in this effort. Every song on the CD will draw you in and break your heart. Many fine musicians compliment Val with their strumming and singing. Excellent all around!

Ernesto & Carolina

We cheered through our tears ! Delicious and delightful !
We cheered through our tears. Val's voice was so strong and relaxed,with delicious and delightful harmonies. She is perfectly accompanied by her band,El Mirage,providing an emotional complement to each song. Our arms ached to comfort the broken hearted woman in songs like Sweet Thing, Whiskey Trail and Lovesick Blues. Standing Ovation !