Black Stuff

by Val Cale

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Henrik Thøgersen
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Henrik Thøgersen Music that dares you to slap a label on it, this beautiful album transcends genres and has you coming back for more time and time again. Favorite track: Long Time Dead.
JP Thompson
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JP Thompson This album is a wonderful pairing with despair.
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𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔡-𝔮𝔲𝔦𝔢𝔱-𝔩𝔬𝔲𝔡 𝓢mouldering blues rock of ascendant quality, discharging heat haze like a phantasmic whiskey bar on the desert horizon. Favorite track: Mock Moon.
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Simone A worthy successor of last year's excellent single! Should make every fan of good retro rock drool ...
paul rote
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paul rote Floydian retro vibes mixed with some Sabbathy riffs and a touch of Americana make for an outstanding and original album . Favorite track: Docile.
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Bucky The ringing psychedelics permeate with progressive blues, balanced by heavy grooving riffs and cool, crisp vocals piercing like a primitive spear through a savage summer hide. Black Stuff Matters!
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She Far Out 03:21
Mock Moon 03:42
Docile 04:41


Death Instinct and Life Force.Depression and Contentment.Isolation and Interaction. Loneliness and Intimacy. Tragedy and Happiness. The Ego and the Id.
Soul. Body, Mind, Religion, War, Sex, Truth, Beauty, Harmony.
Deceit, Discord and Death.
Is there a Resurrection?
Why do we do it all?
What is there behind the mask of reality?
There is only Black Stuff.
That's all we really are.


released February 1, 2017

Performed by © Val Cale 2016.
© Val Cale 2017 and © Strange Quark Records 2017 all rights reserved.

Tom Lister - Main Vocal / Lead Guitar
Henry Smith - Rhythm Guitar / Vocals
Shafiq Dufrene - Bass Guitar
Sam Hamer - Drums

Additional Musicians:
Tim Thomas - Hammond Organ (Two People In The Dark)
Vanessa Rani/Emma Coleman/Behla Hutchinson - Backing Vocals (Docile)
Matt Jaggar - Hype Man

Recorded by Tim Thomas (Strange Quark Records) at ATA Studio, Headingley, Leeds
Produced, Mixed and Mastered by Tim Thomas (Strange Quark Records)
Tracks 1-3 Co-Produced by Matt Jaggar
Front Cover Artwork produced by Isabelle Redfern
'Val Cale' Logo by Lauren Dennis (
Front Cover Design by Sam Hamer (Drummer)


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Val Cale Leeds, UK

Val Cale are a Leeds based 4-piece psychedelic-blues outfit capable of reducing the listeners mind to the creamy texture of a head of stout.

Mixing the classic sounds of the sixties British blues
scene with tinges of seventies Floydian psychedelia and Sabbath-esque heaviness, their music will not disappoint those with an ear for either a classic or contemporary rock sound.
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