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If Nothing Valley were a real place, it'd be mossy, verdant, and a little bit strange. Melkbelly, formed by vets of Chicago's experimental and DIY scene champions, organized noise and thoughtful freneticism on its debut full-length, Nothing Valley, fusing dreamy vocal lines and cantankerous guitar racket. Its songs clang and bang in stripped-down production that highlights the band's sharp edges; multi-faceted slabs of sound serve harmonious, immediate songs. So it shouldn't be a surprise that the band members' tastes run obscure - The Hecks, Lightning Bolt, jazz drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and "bands and musicians that draw on a sense of adventure." Nothing Valley breezes gust fresh and forcefully.