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Caligula's Horse guitarist Sam Vallen announces debut solo single

Sam Vallen
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Sam Vallen, guitarist with Australian prog rock quintet Caligula's Horse, has announced his very first solo single, Flicker, will be released independently, on September 8.

"It is a bold step towards new musical horizons," says Vallen of the instrumental piece, that will be released with a new video for the song. “It was wonderful to explore a significant part of my musical heritage in Flicker. I've always adored instrumental guitar-led music–in fact, Caligula's Horse  started with a lot of this at its foundation. But over the years I've had less and less time to really inhabit that musical world.

"The writing and production of Flicker felt both challenging and familiar in that respect. It embodies a melding of my lifelong influences and a snapshot of my creative palette at this moment in time. I couldn't be happier with how it came together."

Flicker features Caligula's Horse drummer Josh Griffin, with Vallen handling all other instruments, as well as the production. Vallen shares engineering credits with Jared Adlam while the new single has been mastered by Forrester Savell.

There are currently no plans to follow Flicker with solo album.

Sam Vallen

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Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.