Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacob of In the Valley Below drench existential query in sunny synth-pop vocals. Sure we’re all gonna die, but at least we’ll be dancing . . .

Beautiful Savage: Capitol Records signed you in 2013, and your single “Peaches” has been gobbled from the pubs of England to the clubs of the Lower East Side. Eager to unbuckle your debut album, “The Belt,” stateside this August?

In The Valley Below: We are extremely excited and honored to be able to unleash our album with such a legendary logo attached to it. We hope it reaches the ears of those who need it.

BS: I first heard “Peaches” on a freezing night in Chicago—it was such a warm sonic throwdown! Its melody is especially adaptable to the remix circuit, from Passion Pit to Kele. When composing your work, do you consider how it might be reinterpreted or syncopated to a faster beat?

ITVB: We compose each song to stand on its own, and to be the fullest embodiment of our collective desires that we are able to achieve. What other artists choose to do with our song is completely out of our minds at the moment of creation.

BS: From “Hymnal’s” sweetly solemn refrain—“I wish I found you sooner, I could have loved you longer,” to the soaring arc of “Take Me Back,” your lyrics betray a depth in tension with the lush ebullience of your instrumentals. Do you consciously operate in dichotomies?

ITVB: We love full, luscious arrangements as well as interesting, poetic lyrics. We like to put them together, and we don’t feel that they have to be mutually exclusive.

BS: The black-and-white sartorial bent to your performances also suggest that you thrive creatively in contrasts. It’s like a way-sexier Grant Wood couple pitched a tent on the shores of Elysian Lake—very “American Gothic” 2014.

ITVB: Black and white feels like a clean slate. It gives us space.

BS: From a New York vantage, you’re a California creation in the very best sense. How do the sun, green, and space on the West Coast inspire the way you compose and perform?

ITVB: There is a culture of aspiration in Los Angeles that is both empowering, motivating, and completely heartbreaking at the same time. There is also amazing Mexican food!

BS: You played the Mercury Lounge in New York last March, and now you’re playing with the Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine Ok at the Westway on August 21st. How does the NYC music scene differ from that in LA?

ITVB: LA is car-centric, and there’s plenty of space here, so we’re always impressed with NY bands’ ability to get their gear to shows in cabs or on the subway. The audiences in both cities are pretty sophisticated, so the standards are very high. If you can get an LA or NYC crowd moving their bodies in any way, it’s a victory.

BS: Your website features a series of “Beer on the Trail” snapshots, presumably taken while you are recording or on tour. What is your favorite beer of all time and why?

Jeffrey Jacob: My favorite beer (that we didn’t make ourselves) is Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewing in Oregon. It’s dark, rich, and amazingly complex–that’s how I like my music, too.

Angela Gail: Back Hand of God Stout from Crannóg Ales in British Columbia.

The Belt is out Aug. 26 via Caroline/Capitol. In the Valley Below perform with Great Good Fine Ok and Dreamshow at Westway  (75 Clarkson St) on August 21st. For tickets visit Ticketfly

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