Though that they had been collaborating on music collectively for awhile, the Montreal-based duo Valleys made their debut with 2009’s Occasionally Water Kills People on Semprini Records. Multi-instrumentalists Matilda Benefits (keys, acoustic guitar, sequencer) & Marc St. Louis (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drums) both write and sing, crafting dreamily atmospheric digital pop with guitars that’s filled up with melancholy feelings, but can be unfailingly melodic and nice. They followed in the recording with several EPs (2010’s Stoner and 2011’s River Phoenix) because they performed gigs and honed their audio. The duo authorized with New York’s Kanine Information and began focusing on an recording with maker Alec Dippie from English post-punk group the Monochrome Arranged. Are YOU MERELY Likely to Stand There and Chat Weird FOREVER? is filled up with reduction (for Benefits it had been the passage of family, for St. Louis it had been the ending of the relationship) and various ways of coping with it (Benefits’ Shambhala Buddhist values, St. Louis’ maturation procedure). It had been released in early 2013, as the music group launched a UNITED STATES tour.