Ahead of her first solo headline performance at Splendour In The Grass, Vera Blue – the project from unstoppable singer songwriter Celia Pavey – has released the intensely personal debut album Perennial. Known for her ‘Simon & Garfunkel-esque’ folk origins Vera Blue has evolved as she seamlessly mixes her folk past with a bold, sultry, electronic pop future.
Perennial is arranged into three chapters which chronologically trace the circular pathways between love and loss after the breakdown of a relationship; from her very first week writing, raw after an emotional split, to the final place of renewed strength and vivacity, Perennial details it all.
“’Perennial’ is a term for plants that come back year after year, and I like to relate that to memory, feelings and emotions. It’s what the record is all about; relationships can be very cyclical, or never-ending, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s just part of life.” – Vera Blue
Included on the album is the first single ‘Private’ which currently has had over 2.2 million streams worldwide, and the current single ‘Mended’. The imagery in the music video for ‘Mended’ directed by Cloudy Rhodes reflects the powerful and intimate theme of the entire album.
“I wanted to make a film where we witness the triumph of a young woman rising up to the experience of love. I wanted Vera to be the protagonist of the film who falls from the night sky, out of the darkness into the light – her falling is a metaphorical representation of falling in love.” – Cloudy Rhodes
Perennial is the finished product of countless hours spent crafting together songs in the studio with a team consisting of Pavey, long time collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (who have also worked with Boy & Bear, Bertie Blackman and Silverchair), and engineer Jackson Barcley. Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, the album was produced by Andy Mak and Grammy-nominated founder of Deep Well Records Adam Anders.
Folk and electronica genres that are not regularly mixed together but Vera Blue and her team have made them fit like perfect puzzles pieces with Pacey’s gorgeous melancholic voice and classic song writing skills as the glue that sticks them together. Not only did writing this unflinchingly honest record help Vera Blue recover from the end of her relationship, but it will also undoubtedly act as a therapist to many others who will go through the same heartbreak
Perennial arrived on the eve of Vera Blue’s fast-selling National ‘Mended’ Tour with supports Laykn and Thandi Phoenix. The tour began on the 21st of July with her second appearance – first as a solo artist – in two years at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass festival. The tour will travel all across the country non-stop until the 10th of September at 170 Russell in Melbourne.
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Vera Blue ‘Mended’ Tour
Fri 21 July – Splendour In The Grass – Byron Bay, NSW *Sold Out*
Fri 28 July – The Academy – Canberra, ACT
Sat 29 July – Metro Theatre – Sydney, NSW *Sold Out*
Fri 4 Aug – The Gov – Adelaide, SA
Sat 5 Aug – Metropolis – Fremantle, WA
Tue 8 Aug – Tap House – Bendigo, VIC
Wed 9 Aug – Grand Hotel – Mornington, VIC
Fri 11 Aug – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC *Sold Out*
Sat 12 Aug – The Wool Exchange – Geelong, VIC
Fri 25 Aug – The Triffid – Brisbane, QLD
Sat 26 Aug – The Mills Precinct – Toowoomba, QLD
Sun 27 Aug – Miami Marketta – Gold Coast, QLD
Thurs 31 Aug – UOW Uni Bar – Wollongong, NSW
Fri 1 Sep – The Beery – Terrigal, NSW
Sat 2 Sep – Metro Theatre – Sydney *All Ages*
Fri 8 Sep – Bar on The Hill – Newcastle, NSW
Sat 9 Sep – Odeon Theatre – Hobart, TAS
Sun 10 Sep – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Tickets available here