Following the release of singles ‘Private’ and ‘Mended’, the record introduces a fully-formed Vera Blue, seamlessly synthesising her folk past with a bold, electronic pop future. An intensely personal record, it traces the often-circular pathways between love and loss across its 12 tracks.
‘“Perennial” is a term for plants that come back year after year, and I like to relate that to memory, feelings and emotions,’ says Vera Blue. ‘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.’
The album is arranged into three chapters, which chronologically trace the development of Vera Blue; from her very first week writing, raw after the breakdown of a relationship, towards a place of renewed strength and vivacity.
Recorded between Los Angeles and Sydney, Perennial was written with longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak (Tina Arena, Bertie Blackman) as well as engineer Jackson Barclay. It’s the product of countless hours spent crafting songs in the studio as a team.
Album tracks ‘Lady Powers’, ‘Regular Touch’ and ‘Magazine’ also bring out unabashed dance elements in Vera Blue’s songwriting.
But despite its new sonic elements, the album is underpinned by the classic songwriting that has defined Vera Blue’s musical growth. Each song started its life organically, created on either piano or acoustic guitar, as evidenced on ‘We Used To’ and stunning album closer, ‘Mended’.
Produced by Andy Mak, and most recently co-produced with Adam Anders, Perennial arrives on the eve of Vera Blue’s fast- selling national tour, including her second appearance - and first as a solo artist - at the sold-out Splendour In The Grass in two years.
Perennial sees Vera Blue finding arresting new ways to channel a voice Australia has already fallen for. Unflinchingly honest, it’s the album she had to write, with a sound that is entirely her own.
1. FIRST WEEK
2. GIVE IN
3. REGULAR TOUCH
4. WE USED TO
5. SAID GOODBYE TO YOUR MOTHER
7. LADY POWERS
11. PEDESTAL/COVER ME