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... And it is a testament to Rich Jacque's cover of Muse’s STARLIGHT, from whose lyrics the title of their breakthrough album Black Holes and Revelations comes, that he is able to reduce the song down to its understated essence, its naked truths, and still retain the sense of loss and longing of the original.

The real joy of listening to Oblivion specifically, and Rich Jacques' music in general, is knowing that with all the studio time, live experience, and wealth of knowledge he has gathered over his years in his many musical roles, he has found a way to express himself with musical simplicity.

“Cities of The World,” is the perfect place to begin exploring AALTA’s music. It captures its unique blend of spaciousness, dreamscape-pop and infectious grooves, not to mention the memorable vocals that they always manage to find to complement their unique writing and production. In a world of boast and bombast, of substance over style, AALTA are both the safe haven and the hope for the future that music has been looking for.

Valentine’s vocals are the perfect vehicle for the bittersweet nature of the song and with a compelling yet deft and spacious musical drive plus some sweet and soulful brass AALTA find themselves with a perfect pop song but one that flies in the face of expectation.