Valeen Hope, Loden’s first full-length release, is a collection of singularly beautiful shoegaze inspired electronic work. Across twelve compositions, rays of early ‘90s pop melody shimmer through layers of deconstructed beats and oceans of ambient synth noise. Valeen Hope’s majestic sheaths of sound have drawn comparisons to contemporary artists like M83 and Air, and even the mighty My Bloody Valentine, making it feel strangely familiar yet completely fresh. Written as he was traveling between Holland and his native Belgium, Loden deals in emotions often suppressed in beat-driven music; digital sounds are skillfully manipulated to convey feelings of longing or discovery. Valeen Hope is a stunningly mature album from a talented young producer.