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Tender Forever

Melanie Valera was part of a girl group cover band in her hometown of Bordeaux, France, before landing in Portland, OR, and starting Tender Forever in 2005. On Soft and the Hardcore, which appeared later that year through K Records, Valera sang tender, extremely personal songs about identity, relationships, and taking off your shirt, accompanying herself with simplistic acoustic guitar and laptop melodies. Similarities to Mirah and Anna Oxygen were acknowledged. Soft and the Hardcore was recorded at Dub Narcotic with help from Calvin Johnson and Khaela Maricich (aka the Blow); Tender Forever later toured the U.S. with Johnson. On 2007's Wider, Valera moved in a brighter synth pop direction that recalled labelmates the Blow, but by the time of 2010's No Snare, her music had taken a darker, more polished sound. ~ Johnny Loftus
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Where Are We From

1. Where Are We From

2. The Road Was Unkind

3. Blue

4. Wrestle

5. You Get Into My Face

6. Runaway

7. You Have The Woods

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Track List: No Snare

1. Got To Let Go

2. Like The Snare That’s Gone

3. Only The Sounds You Made

4. Nothing At All

5. Day Number

6. But The Shape Is Wide

7. Nowhere Good Enough

8. Unfortunate Friends

9. When I’m In The Dark And You Take Away The Dark

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Track List: Wider

1. Tiny Heart and Clever Hand

2. Doves Vs. Pigeons

3. In The Backyard

4. How Many

5. No One WIll Tell No One For Sure

6. Nicer If They Tried

7. Folded Papers

8. Well I Can Take It

9. Heartbroken Forever

10. I'm So Tired

11. Wider Too

12. So We Could Deal

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Track List: The Soft and the Hardcore

1. Every Monday

2. Take It Off

3. The Feelings Of Love

4. This Is Hardcore

5. Make Out

6. Then If I'm Weird I Want To Share

7. Hot

8. Rad

9. Happy Birthday

10. Marry Me

11. Tender Forever

12. The Magic Of Crashing Stars

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Super excited to find her in Pandora. Made my day actually.
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wish it was longer :( great song.
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the song heartbroken forever by tender forever is the best song ever and i love it
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and another great find by pandora

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