After taking his bedroom recordings to the next level with a full band in Jonquil, Oxford-based Hugo Manuel went back to recording as a solo artist under the name Chad Valley. Jonquil signed to Dovecote Records in the States and, around the same time, Manuel leaked a handful of dreamy, Ibiza and R&B-inspired electro-pop demos to the Web. A flock of sites (including Vice, Pitchfork, and Guardian) featured Chad Valley’s “Up and Down” and “Acker Bilk” in the summer of 2010.
Manuel continued to play with Jonquil, and debuted his self-titled Chad Valley EP later that year. In 2011, a second EP, Equatorial Ultravox, was released, followed a year later by his album debut Young Hunger, which featured a long list of indie A-List collaborators including Twin Shadow, Glasser, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, and Active Child. Valley’s follow-up effort, the more introspective Entirely New Blue, arrived in October 2015.
Chad Valley is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.