23 Mar NYLON: Valerie June Talks About Loss, Love, And ‘The Order Of Time’
Just from its title—The Order of Time—it’s clear that Valerie June’s latest album is an all-encompassing body of work, one which addresses the existential issues with which we all grapple. And then upon first lesson, it becomes even more clear that the now Brooklyn, New York-based (by way of Tennessee) singer-songwriter’s musical look at mortality and love lives up to its title, thanks in no small part to June’s unique ability to shine light into life wherever she can.
This album was inspired by life’s dizzying highs and devastating lows: The same day June suffered the great loss of her father’s death, she met her baby nephew for the first time. It all clicked and the title of the record was born.
As a multi-instrumentalist, June is no stranger to experimenting with different genres; she just goes where the music takes her. After taking a three-year break, June’s resurgence comes with an amalgamation of African rhythms, blues, and lush, soulful melodies. The Order of Time sees June at her most vulnerable, contemplating love, heartbreak, family, and how time changes things. Read more here.