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VA Violet

The latest from VA Violet; press photo courtesy of the artist.

After slowly gifting us one single at a time, San Francisco’s mysterious VA Violet offered up a first listen to their EP mirror that gently bubbles with the bedroom pop feeling one gets while sifting through thoughts like staring at reflections of the self seen rippling about the water’s surface. VA Violet works in ways like floral fascinations kept in a kichen or dining table vase that bloom in tune & time to the positioning & schedules of the sun.

mirror is that special EP that you want to take to that clandestine hideaway or desert island to enjoy as an intimate & introspective five set cycle of songs to warm your heart. Sometimes resembling (Sandy) Alex G or the feverishly cut favorite Chor Boy; VA Violet takes you to those privy places of the consciousness & spirit from lowland marshes to upbeat energy of infinite affection. “Take Me” is enough to bring the most vulnerable hearts & ears to tears, as “Fall Forever” paints autumn tones of an autumn to remember while the single “Berlin” offers up some of the most proper yet punky pop minimalism that thrives on the reiterated lyrical drive of “this life’s got a meaning in my mind.” VA Violet embodies the solitary & single soul of the introverted singer/songwriter with organic chords that skip like stones on hopscotch chalk boxes while “Together” points toward the kind of sophistication & emotionally charged arrangements that we can most likely expect on a possible VA Violet full-length album. The artist introduced mirror with the following preface:

I wrote these songs as a reflection of a lot of the things I was thinking about at the time. And I feel like most of my songwriting draws a lot of influence from darker undertones more than I have in the past.

San Francisco’s talented powerhouse—VA Violet; press photo courtesy of the artist.

VA Violet’s Mirror is available now.

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