Valentina Cy, the Los Angeles-bred singer-songwriter-producer whose soulful pop sensibility won the hearts of tastemakers when it surfaced on her Unmanageable debut EP and breakout track “Powerful” last year releases new song and music video “Postmates.”
The mellow but powerful track, which highlights various emotional points in her relationship, was written and produced by Valentina and is the first release of the year with more music to follow. The music video, directed by Valentina’s sister Marcella Cytrynowicz, is the first piece of a forthcoming long-form video that is shot quarantine style with Valentina being in the house singing about topics that are all too relatable. “Postmates” follows the release of last year’s “Wind” and her major label single + video debut with “Bad.”
An in-depth profile of Valentina with Vogue lauded her in the company of Fiona Apple, “while on Instagram she channels ’90s dream girls like PJ Harvey and Liz Phair as she performs acoustic songs in python print pants and silk bomber jackets.” The story underscored her close-knit working relationship with her sister. “Choosing the outfits for every Instagram, every music video, and doing the styling with [help] from [Marcella] who directs. We’re a duo in that sense and she’s definitely a boss lady.” 23-year old Valentina Cy has also developed her professional chops in studio production, a talent that she honed as one of the first aspiring artists in Grammy®-nominated fellow Island artist Mike Posner’s Amor Fati Music Academy program in Telluride, CO, launched in 2018. The immersive program provided Valentina with a solid grounding in songwriting, production, and computer software.
But, “[Posner] taught me how to produce,” she told i.-D, “that’s when I really found my sound and I was able to stand my ground in rooms and conversations with people.” The day after returning home from Amor Fati in 2018, she recorded her first self-produced track, “Break My Heart,” and released it on Soundcloud — the result was total artistic liberation. Her 6-song EP arrived in May 2019, entirely written, recorded, and produced in her Los Angeles bedroom.
“Upon a single listen,” Ones To Watch raved, “it is readily apparent that the Los Angeles-based artist is not just telling the truth, but she is prepared to belt it to the heavens and beyond.”