Valleyheart Serve Up Existential Dread—and a Laundry Detergent Sandwich—in “TIK” – American Songwriter

Valleyheart serve up existential dread—and a weirdly appetizing laundry detergent sandwich—in their new video for “T.I.K.”, premiering below.

“There’s still nights that I get in my car / and start to drive as I fantasize / of a brand new home, throwing out my phone / but I know I’d unpack all my problems with my clothes,” frontman Kevin Klein sings in the track, a moody, agitated cut from the Boston alt-rock quartet. 

“‘T.I.K.’ is a song I wrote attempting to dive into my own mind and poetically understand my (and the general human for that matter) paradoxical behaviors,” Klein tells American Songwriter. It’s about “the mental dissonance often felt when wanting to be alone when with others, yet wanting to be with others when alone; the introvert/extrovert dilemma. When you feel a deep sense of discontentment in certain areas of life yet still hold the gratitude for the things you have in life. When you have companionship in someone who deeply knows and sees you, yet you still feel like you need to start over and find yourself all over again at times.”

He continues: “T.I.K.” is about “the need to self-destruct, the contradictory nature of the psyche—how those opposing emotions and thoughts interact. I wanted those tensions and weight paralleled in the instrumentation; hence this probably being the heaviest and hard-hitting track” among the band’s new material. Klein is joined in the track by guitarist Filipe Inacio, drummer Jonathan Miller, and
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