In any industry, it’s important to hit the ground running. The blogosphere quickly fell in love with VÉRITÉ’s debut single ‘Strange Enough’, a track that quickly led to comparisons with the likes of Ellie Goulding and Lana Del Rey – high praise for someone with only one single! The comparisons are understandable – strong but slightly fragile vocals that aren’t dissimilar to Lana, and the electro-pop style of Goulding alongside her multi-tracked vocals that have created gospel-like moments. Fortunately, the follow-up to this proved that this was no fluke, and that the hype is justified.
Hailing from New York City, Kelsey Byrne, performing under the name VÉRITÉ, has returned with her sophomore single ‘Weekend’ – forming part of her first EP which was released in October. The singer-songwriter isn’t your conventional pop-star: think more Icona Pop & Tove Lo rather than Katy Perry & Ariana Grande. If she continues to create tracks like this, there’s every possibility that VÉRITÉ will be on that list too. ‘Weekend’ is catchy, atmospheric, and almost magical in its simplicity. The multi-instrumentalism is incredibly subtle, with the vocal multi-tracking providing an almost ethereal atmosphere within four marvelous minutes of musical potential.
Byrne described ‘Weekend’ as coming “from a snapshot of a scenario” in which an old friend lived in a lifeless street with twinkling fluorescent lights. In this scenario, she and her friend fall into the stillness of the scene. The track is an ode to the ability to glorify even the craziest moments into perfection, “despite how sick we were or how insane things got”. Adding to this, Byrne states that “Weekend winds up sitting in a weird place…caught between the exhilaration of ‘you could bring me to life’ and the reality that we were only fooling ourselves into thinking we were alive while we distract ourselves from reality.” This is something that really shows in the lyricism, with lines such as Through the white lighted streets / where the houses stay the same / where we could drink / ‘til we’d never remember our names, four lines that seem to glorify the mediocrity of youthful rebellious life in a dead-end town.
If you can get your head around that, the video adds to this concept. The visual accompaniment depicts love, tragedy, alcohol and two star-crossed lovers in an abstract video created alongside director Kenny Laubbacher, in a story that runs parallel to the lyricism. If you’re still with me, the track is currently available as a free download from VÉRITÉ’s Facebook page.
Review by Ollie Salter |