Feelings are as much a part of the songs as the words and music from Valerie June on her latest release, The Order of Time. There is a summer day, an audio snapshot of time, a stillness when you can almost hear the heat (“Long Lonely Road”). The Order of Time is a church of the people where salvation comes in the form of a song (“Got Soul”), the album moving through a firefly night lit with dappled notes and a sky full of string swells above (“Just in Time”) as it holds love’s first beat in its hands (“Two Hearts”). Valerie June feels that the album title, The Order of Time, is a gift we are given, explaining that ‘understanding the order of time is important to anyone hoping to manifest a dream. There is a time to push, and a time to gently tend the garden’.
Success took Valerie June from self-releasing her own music in Nashville, Tennessee to stages worldwide, opening invitations from The Obama’s to perform at the White House, and performances on a slew of televised programs. She left her adopted home in Brooklyn, New York to record The Order of Time in a rural setting, spending fall and winter in Guilford, Vermont with producer Matt Marinelli. A slow march trudges along underneath “If And” allowing Valerie June to dole out advice as she dances on the “Astral Plain”, stepping on rolling clouds of chords and notes, and tenderly whispers breathy hopes on “With You” as The Order of Time opens “The Front Door” on assured beats that wander through a tale about homecomings.