One of my favorite parts of writing Throwback Thursday is the ability it gives me, every week, to tell you about artists who undoubtedly deserve your attention. And, honestly, I've never thought an artist deserved your attention more than the multi-talented VÉRITÉ
, whose eagerly anticipated new album, Somewhere In Between
, comes out tomorrow on July 23. She stopped by the Baeble Office to talk with our own Kirsten Spruch for our recurring segment, The Writer's Block, about the inspiration behind her brilliant songwriting. And, of course, she also gave some stunning performances.
One of those performances was a minimized version of her track, "Underdressed," a song that is as gorgeously sung as it is vulnerably written. It's a song that was born out of something most people would find simplistic and commonplace: a text message. And yet, it's totally gripping and heart-wrenching. "You could convince me to stay up all night with you," she sings, "Leave me underdressed and out of time." "Underdressed" is a testament to VÉRITÉ's incredible songwriting sensibility, because she is apparently so analytical and observant that she can transform these everyday things into grandiose tales of heartbreak and powerlessness. But what's most remarkable about songs like "Underdressed" and "Phase Me Out" is how passionately she performs them. Her singing sounds completely effortless, as her voice soars with impressive control over catchy hooks that will be stuck in your head long after you hear them.
It's one of the most unforgettable and insightful episodes of The Writer's Block that we've ever recorded. VÉRITÉ's songwriting process is fascinating, and any aspiring songwriter will want to listen to her talk about how she finds inspiration. For example, she often gets inspired while she goes on one of her many long walks, which is apparently how she spends a good chunk of her free time. But is she inspired by Brooklyn at all? To put it as bluntly as she does: "No."
So be sure to check out this classic episode of The Writer's Block, as it's not only one of our favorites, but also a great way to get you hyped about tomorrow's release of VERITE's newest album.