It’s important to know when the time has come to just end a broken relationship. One telltale sign, as described by VÉRITÉ on the single “When You’re Gone,” is when someone doesn’t feel any different when the couple is together and when they’re apart. In the song, off the Broolyn singer’s forthcoming debut album Somewhere in Between, she details a dark period of her life in which she realized she was involved in a relationship that was void of spark.
VÉRITÉ’s lyrics are at the forefront of the track, with the most affecting occurring in the explosive chorus. In it, she writes, “I don’t wanna be here anymore, anymore/ there’s no difference here from when you’re gone, when you’re gone/ I’m not crawling on my knees to keep you here.” It’s a sad disposition, and it’s interesting that she doesn’t comment on the prospect of breaking off the relationship. Perhaps the song represents her initial realization of the doomed state of affairs, with further actions imminent.
The music on “When You’re Gone” is pretty standard pop fare, with a driving beat, sweeping synths, and a catchy vocal hook. Perhaps what makes the track stand out the most, aside from its emotional lyrics, is the urgency conveyed both in the production and VÉRITÉ’s charged vocal delivery. These musical elements reflect the feeling that this scenario is untenable and something’s got to give.
Perhaps above all else, “When You’re Gone” underscores the complicated nature of any relationship, and particularly one that has lost its fire. Even when it’s clear to an objective bystander that the romance has soured and the two people should part ways, things aren’t always so clear for someone who is in the middle of it and whose emotions have been intertwined with the others for a long time. VÉRITÉ brings life to these complex feelings with an energy that expertly represents the emotional turmoil. With solid production and her thoughtful lyrics and emotional delivery, Somewhere in Between will be an album to watch when released on June 23.
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