MARCH 12, 2021 by Nate Erwin
Today, Valerie June shares her new album The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers, out now on Fantasy Records. It’s the first new album from the celebrated genre-bending singer/songwriter since 2017’s acclaimed The Order of Time. An uncompromising vision, The Moon & Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers weaves a kaleidoscopic sonic tapestry from traditional roots music, modern R&B, Afrobeat rhythms, orchestral string arrangements, and experimental pop-infused psychedelia. Throughout, Valerie centers on the dreamer’s path and fleshes out an insightful philosophical approach that feels vital in 2021.
Listen/Buy The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers: HERE
On release day Friday, March 12th, June will host an audio-visual journey through the new album with noted video director and photographer Renata Raksha (who directed the album’s long-form video) beginning @12noon ET at her YouTube channel: HERE
The album is receiving high praise across the board, including glowing notices from the New York Times, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, Essence, Uncut, MOJO just to name a few..
In a recent Sunday New York Times profile of Valerie June by Jon Pareles, she discusses the genesis of The Moon & Stars and her close collaboration with producer Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend). “She is simultaneously rural and cosmopolitan, historically minded and contemporary, idiosyncratic and fashionable, mystical and down-to-earth,” Pareles wrote. “Above all, a willed and unblinking optimism courses through Valerie June’s songs.” Read it: HERE
On March 15th, June is set to perform on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers. Watch Valerie perform a stripped down version of the album’s first single “Call Me A Fool” for The Kelly Clarkson Show: HERE and watch the track’s official video: HERE
Praise For Valerie June and The Moon and Stars: Prescriptions For Dreamers
★★★★★ – The Times “Rootsy music with a magical spirit” “one of the albums of the year”
★★★★ – MOJO “Like the Stax house band floating through space”
★★★★ – Evening Standard “A greatness that’s hard to define”
★★★★ – The Sun “unashamed retro joy”
9/10 – UNCUT “A psychedelic tour de force“