Betty Black is the brainchild of multi-talented singer/songwriter, bassist and producer, Sylvia Black (aka Sylvia Gordon) whose gained international acclaim as the former lead vocalist, producer, and songwriter for New York-based dark electronic pop outfit KUDU and for successful her co-writes and collaborations with Black Eyed Peas, Moby, William Orbit, Kelis, The Noisettes, Spank Rock, Chris Brown, Benny Benassi, The Knocks, RUN DMT and Télépopmusik, which have amassed sales over 5 million copies worldwide.
Betty Black has released her new single, “Valley Low”, via Frau Pink Productions/KID Recordings. The prismatic song is the psychotropic title track and third single from Black’s forthcoming album (due later this fall), which also includes the fiery singles “Heartless” and “Come Back Lover”.
With “Valley Low”, the adventurous musical chameleon creates a colorful descent into the rabbit hole where melodic psychedelic rock, campy ‘60’s pop exotica, groovy surf-rock and gritty electro-pop laced with layers of sultry crystalline vocals, fuzz guitars and driving drums explode into a feral sun-kissed kaleidoscope somewhere between The Kills, The Cramps, Russ Meyers’ ‘Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!’ and Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The single was written, arranged, produced and performed by Black, mixed and recorded by Rudyard Lee Cullers (Yeah Yeah Yeahs/ Basement Jaxx/ Bright Eyes) who also provided additional guitar and production, and mastered by Michael Tucci of Unstoppable Death Machines whose credits include Steve Albini, Theophilus London and The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart among others.
The intoxicating world of Betty Black took physical form this past fall in Betty Black’s Electric Black Bungalow, a series of events curated by the artist at NYC’s influential Alphabet City haunt, Nublu. Bringing together a collective of emerging indie bands, Prince protégés, Bowie tributes and DJs representing the last four decades of NYC nightlife, along with her own spellbinding live performances, the month-long residency attracted everyone from Mike Stroud of Ratatat and David J. of Bauhaus to Yo Gabba Gabba’s DJ Lance. The events were the rapturous pinnacle of a year that saw the release of the singles “Fatality of Love” and “Bad Weather” from the Bad Weather EP, and “Heartless” and “Come Back Lover” from the forthcoming Valley Low album due this fall.