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 her band El Mirage. The band's second release, "Pretend to Believe", showcases Val's spine-tingling vocals with the power of a full band, and is chock full of more bitter lullabies, murder ballads & twangy torch ballads, for a sound she likes to call Ameri…kinda. Whether she’s singing sweet sounding tales of liquor and despair or toe tapping ditties of revenge and loss, Val Esway will surely disarm you with her soulful siren sounds.


El Mirage features Berge Thomasian on electric guitar, John Shiurba on upright bass, Nathan Moy on drums and Scotty Houston on lap steel guitar.


*** Press for Lovers, Losers, Liars “…a melancholy master work of high lonesome…” East Bay Express “…equal parts twang, tingle and torch, the sound she calls ‘Ameri…kinda’ is kinda good…” Americana UK

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