“The Men serves to vindicate Megan Alford’s decision to venture into a solo career and, given the evidence here, a full-length release would allow her to flourish even further. ”
“For all of the bands that come out of Montreal, [Valleymakers] turn the lineage into something meaningful: Leonard Cohen's close-to-God sparseness gives way to lush, quietly cathartic orchestration. The best argument I've heard for virtuosity in a long time.”
Trading Prince Edward Island for Vancouver, Alford's body of work spans as many mediums as cities lived in, from dance to fiction, poetry and songs. In 2017, she was featured on Jesse Waldman's critically acclaimed album, Mansion Full of Ghosts, earning her shout-outs from Rootsville, Lonesome Highway, and Penguin Eggs for her angelic backup.
Drawing comparison to Joanna Newsom, Kate Bush, and The McGarrigle Sisters, she co-founded the Montréal chamber-pop band, Valleymakers, receiving CBC airplay and praise from Nightlife, Midnight Poutine, and Voir for their 2012 self-titled EP.
She released her first solo EP, The Men, recorded, produced, and featuring performances by Christopher Fox and Laurie Torres of Folly & The Hunter. Bloody Underrated called it "five starkly beautiful songs" that served to "vindicate [Alford's] decision to venture into a solo career."
Tracks from The Men were featured on UK radio show Best of Bandcamp, and 2017 Vancouver Film Festival featured short, Push Start.