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Vérité – “When You’re Gone”

5 Apr

Each year since 2014 we have been treated to a new EP of incredible, intelligent and oh-so danceable pop music from one of the most exciting new acts around. Since her debut single, “Weekend” (our 2014 track of the year) Vérité has had us enraptured. So far this year she has shared two wonderful tracks that only further serve to enhance her reputation. History would suggest that another EP is on the way but this year she is taking things up a level. Yes, at last there is an album coming and we (amongst many, many others) are utterly delighted.

Alongside the announcement that her debut LP, Somewhere In Between, is coming out on 23 June (that’s less than three months) we have been treated to another gem of a pop tune, “When You’re Gone”.

The opening track from Somewhere In Between, “When You’re Gone” is yet another example of why Vérité is so damn good. Lyrically dextrous, heartfelt and so ridiculously catchy, it weaves its emotional thread through the sharp beats and pulsing electronics with consummate ease and to maximum effect.

We’ve said before that if we had the technology to Weird Science up our perfect popstar, we’d make Vérité and that sentiment still stands. She really is the Queen of the uptempo pop banger laced with deep emotional resonance. You can dance euphorically or you can sing along earnestly while a tear winds its way down your cheek. You can even do both at the same time. Whichever way you go, you will enjoy it and you will press play again once it is done.

The debut Vérité album, ‘Somewhere In Between’, is out on 23 June and can be pre-ordered here.

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Vérité – “Gesture”

29 Apr

Verite

We’re fast running out of superlatives for Vérité. The New York based popstar has been rocking our world for the last couple of years with her intelligent, emotional and infectious pop. The Echo and Sentiment EPs were outstanding and her forthcoming Living EP is another brilliant collection of cracking songs.

We’ve already had the fabulous ”Underdressed” and “Constant Crush” and today Vérité is sharing “Gesture”. Like a once famous ambassador, she is really spoiling us.

Lyrically evocative we see her sitting amongst the debris of a night before, bedsheets strewn and scattered as she sings. “Gesture” is a bit more stripped back than its predecessors, reflecting the exposed emotion within, focusing more on the rhythm than the melody. The vocal, as ever, is gorgeous as she sings amidst this scene of relationship disrepair. It is, like Vérité herself, fantastic.

”Gesture” is taken from the forthcoming “Living” EP which is due out on 6 May and will be available fromiTunes.

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Vérité – “Constant Crush”

18 Apr

Verite

After a few weeks off, it kind of feels like we’re back on it with writing, which we hope you agree that is a good thing. While we were off there were a fair few stonking tunes released from many a blog fave and it would be remiss of us not to give them a mention. So, starting now, we’re going to blitz a few of those tunes because a) we love them and b) we can and there is nowhere better to start than with our current pop Queen, Vérité.

The second track taken from her forthcoming EP, Living, “Constant Crush” follows the fabulous ”Underdressed” and is another stone cold beauty. Seductive and infectious, her voice is just perfect for this kind of intelligent, emotional but accessible pop style. It’s another shoulder bopping, side-to-side swaying gem that you just want to listen to again and again. Three EPs in and Vérité is yet to put a foot wrong. Superb stuff.

”Constant Crush” is taken from the forthcoming “Living” EP and can be bought as a single now from iTunes.

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Vérité – “Underdressed”

4 Mar

Verite

Over the last two years Vérité has pretty much ruled the chic-pop-banger world with her fantastic Echo and Sentiment EPs. Today is putting 2016 on notice that she is coming for it with the brilliantly emotive and seductive class of “Underdressed”.

If you were to Weird Science up a perfect popstar, chances are the result would look and sound a lot like Vérité. She manages to blend the emotional resonance and intelligence of Robyn, the bold infectiousness of Katy Perry, the playful genre-bending of Pharrell and Timberlake and the warmth and eternally loved-ness of Kylie.

She also has the ability to come up with tracks that not only stand up to repeat listens, they get better and better each time. We played “Weekend” to death and are in the midst of a similar session with “Underdressed” as we write (God bless Soundcloud and their repeat song function). It’s got to the point now where we are unconsciously gesturing at the big punctuation points in the song and not understanding the confused looks we’re getting from the people around us who aren’t wearing our headphones.

“Underdressed” is huge in a (perfectly) very understated way. It builds subtly, breathing vulnerability yet radiating the confidence of a popstar who is completely mastering her craft. It’s intricate synth lines and crisp digital beats climb gradually, hand in hand, up a vast stairwell to the (fucking) roof of a large city skyscraper. This is where we find Vérité, windswept and open, emoting and power ballad fist clenching as she calls out “Give me just a little truth / Leave me / Underdressed and out of time / Take me to a different view / Change it / All I ever wanna do is / Stay here”.

With new (brilliant) music due later this year, 2016 looks set to be another superb year for Vérité.

”Underdressed” is out now and available from iTunes.


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Listen Out For – 2015 Previews Round Up

7 Dec

2015 Previews Round Up

The calendar has clicked round to December and children across the world are excited about finding small bits of chocolate behind little cardboard doors. Like many other blogs, we are getting excited about end of year list-o-mania (and small bits of chocolate behind little cardboard doors).

As is our wont we will start with previews of artists we are looking forward to hearing from more next year. But, as is also our wont, we will preface this with a look back at the tips we made last year to see how they did and by association, how well we did. In all honesty it was, outwardly, a pretty quiet year for most of our featured acts with only one album and a couple of EPs released between them (but they were all great).


#15 – Let’s Eat Grandma

We said at the time that Rosa and Jenny are two stupefyingly imaginative and creative 15 year old girls who play a multitude of instruments in a multitude of different ways at a multitude of different times within a single song. The only thing that has changed is that they are now 16. The girls are still remarkable and their talents are being recognised by a larger audience thanks to performances at Latitude and Festival No. 6 as well as features in NME and sessions on 6Music. The album is still in the works so expect to hear a lot more them both in the coming 12-18 months.

#14 – Treasureseason

It’s been a quiet year for the Norwich-London duo but fingers crossed we hear more from them soon as we are big fans of their soft synthy loveliness.

#13 – Chløë Black

It took just one song from Chløë Black to win our hearts, minds and blog love. Since then we’ve seen her play live, been treated to a number of fantastic videos and are even more convinced that big things await.

#12 – Saint Agnes

Another act for whom 2015 was relatively quiet, at least as far as new music is concerned. There were gigs a-plenty though which further enhanced their reputation as an act to get excited about.

#11 – Waterbed

It’s almost becoming a running theme but 2015 was pretty quiet with little in the way of new tunes to get excited about for Waterbed. Here’s hoping for more next year.

#10 – Daisy Victoria

Compared to the dual EP output of the year before, 2015 was fairly quiet release wise. There was a ramping up of radio coverage though, as well as headline shows and a burgeoning reputation across the blog world. There was also the stupendous “Pain of Dancer” which for our money, is the best thing Daisy has done so far.

#9 – Jagaara

Again, beyond festivals and gigs (most recently supporting Kyla la Grange) 2015 was a quiet one for the three sisters. Mind you, we saw them live in 2014 and they were superb so gigging across the country is a good thing for us as fans, hopefully there will be some more tunes to get our ears around in the coming months as well as well some shows in the New Year.

#8 – Black Honey

At last, a band for whom 2015 certainly wasn’t quiet, especially if their incendiary rawkus performance at Norwich Sound and Vision in October was anything to go by. Black Honey released new tunes, won new fans and wowed us and thousands of others with their explosive and energetic live sets.

#7 – Osca

After a couple of tunes earlier in the year, it’s been quiet since the spring. Hopefully they have been squirreled away, busily writing and recording ready for the New Year. Right guys? Guys..?

#6 – Wooden Arms

2015 was big for Wooden Arms. Not only did they follow up 2014’s gorgeous EP with their debut album, they also played a live session for Lauren Laverne on 6 Music. The collective have also been playing bigger and bigger shows across Europe and are currently working on their next full length, and we can’t wait to hear it.

#5 – Vérité

One of the few artists on our list to put some tunes out this year, Vérité put out the fantastic Sentiment EP as well as playing many shows. Some of which were in the UK, though none were in Norwich. No doubt that’s on her list for next year.

#4 – Yumi Zouma

2015 was an interesting year for Yumi Zouma. It started with some properly fantastic videos and a second superb EP which met with deserved rave reviews. After that though there was a low key departure and replacement of Kim Pflaum (so low key in fact that some publications had no idea they weren’t talking to Kim when featuring the band) but still lots of very successful shows and plaudits. As yet there has been no proper ‘post-Kim’ tunes so we can’t speak to what comes next but we’ll certainly be keeping a close eye on developments.

#3 – Rag’N’Bone Man

One of the few on our list to put out some music this year, Rory Graham released the superb Disfigured EP, saw his music synced all over the place and produced one of the best gigs we saw all year. Seriously, if you have the chance to see him live, take it. All that and he is now curating his own gig nights as well.

#2 – Laurel

Having closed out last year with an EP release, it’s probably not a surprise that 2015 was fairly quiet. There was a slot at Radio One’s Big Weekend though and hopefully there will be more gorgeously evocative sounds from her in 2016.

#1 – Fickle Friends

They released an EP and wowed Norwich at Radio One’s Big Weekend (and a small pre-show the night before). In fact, so wowed were Norwich that they are coming back in 2016 (see you there) as part of their super huge mega UK tour (which we hope will coincide with an album release but we don’t know). They have also been playlisted on Radio One and put out some pretty rad videos so everything is looking set for them to build on a good 2015 to have a great 2016.