Melbourne indie alt folk troubadour, Tim Wheatley has today announced the release of his new single, Valerie
Inspired to write lead single Valerie after reading the novel Delinquent Angel about Melbourne Poet, Shelton Lea, Wheatley explains, “It began with an insight into the fractured relationship between Shelton and his adopted mother Valerie - the matriarch of the Darryl Lea chocolate family.” Tasteful use of acoustic and slide guitar sets an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, but it is Wheatley’s understated lyrics and smooth Australian-tinged vocals that so beautifully tell this sad tale.
The video clip for Valerie was filmed and produced in Hollywood by Tahyna Tozzi-MacManus and Rachel Taylor of Go Forth Content (a collective of emerging Australian directors and producers living and working in LA) and stars Jessica McNamee (Packed To The Rafters, Sirens, The Vow). “The story of Valerie takes place in 1960s Melbourne, but was actually filmed in a studio in Los Angeles, so I sought the help of a few Aussie friends over here in LA who were able to help get the story across in a beautifully shot clip that was brought to fruition by Tahyna in a tiny Hollywood casting studio,” says Wheatley. “We all agreed that our good friend Jessica would be perfect for the role of Valerie and placed a fair bit of pressure on her to deliver the story, which I think she did beautifully. We wanted something clean and simple, but with a sense of nostalgia.”
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