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VA Violet

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

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

VA Violet rang up our Goldmine Sacks offices to present us with their new single “Take Me” that shakes the listener to their core while crashing the greatest highs smack-down onto the unforgiving asphalt ground. Like something dreamt up by Greg Dulli and other sentimentally inclined artists that draw upon the memories, hopes & dreams of the heart; VA illustrates that sinking feeling in a way where every instrumental-utterance is an effect poised to provide the weight of a depressant pushing down with the magnitude heard in the song’s echo & earnest harmonies.

“Take Me” begins with chords laid upon understated mechanical rhythms that allude toward the most guarded sections of the heart & soul. The slow burning track flickers like a lonely campfire or the gas-powered flames & eternal embers that glow from a fabricated fireplace as VA Violet focuses much of the song on the spaces between lyrics & empty echoes that connect chords & percussion sequences. “Time, moves so slowly in your mind,” begins the song as we witness the scales & balances that comprise the clocks that govern our lives, “and weights drag me down again…” The moody & maudlin arrangement creates those low flying moments of solitude where reminiscing & reckoning are spent mulling over rehearsed conversations & discontinuities of the past during those late evening/early morning hours where one feels alone with their sentiments & streams of unrelenting thoughts & emotions. VA Violet presented us with the following exclusive introduction to the new single with the following reflections:

“Take Me” was inspired by darker tones that I was able to draw out on the guitar and bass. When I was writing and recording “Take Me”, the darker tones drew out a lot of the lyrics/thoughts I associated with the sound that was captured in the recording. I wasn’t necessarily looking for a certain sound that I wanted to find, but the mind set that I went into recording the song seemed to really reflect the mood of what type of songwriting I wanted to capture.

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