Vérité

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Vérité
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Vérité performing at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, California, in September 2017
Background information
Birth name Kelsey Byrne
Born 1990 (age 27–28)
Orange County, New York, US
Genres Alternative pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
Years active 2014–present
Labels Independent
Website veriteofficial.com

Kelsey Byrne (born 1990), known professionally as Vérité (stylized as VÉRITÉ), is an American singer and songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York City. Her first single "Strange Enough" was self-released in July 2014, reaching number one on Hype Machine[1] and becoming the #1 Most Viral Twitter Artist the week of release. Described variously as indie pop or alternative pop, Liza Darwin of Noisey wrote that her 2014 Echo EP is "packed with crisp, delicate vocals, soaring melodies, and glistening production."[1] Her most recent EP, Sentiment, was self-released on June 8, 2015.[2] The EP was praised by Time, who called her vocals "rich and ethereal".[3] She has toured internationally and performed at events such as Neon Gold Popshop,[1] South by Southwest,[4] The Knitting Factory, Brooklyn Bowl,[5] the Firefly Festival[6] and Lollapalooza.[7]

Early life and education[edit]

Kelsey Byrne[7] was born in 1990[8] in Orange County, New York, where she was raised.[4][8] Introduced to music at a young age,[1] her father was a rock musician,[1] and Vérité began performing at small local venues while still in elementary school.[1] She learned piano when young,[4] and also grew up listening to 1990s alternative rock bands[3] such as The Cranberries, The Breeders, Nirvana, and Green Day.[4] In middle school she was in an all-girls[1] punk cover band,[1] and she started writing her own music around the age of sixteen.[1] She supported her schooling at SUNY Purchase by waiting tables, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in studio composition.[4]

Music career[edit]

2013–2014: Career beginnings[edit]

Circa late 2012 or early 2013[1] she began collaborating with producer Elliot Jacobson,[8] after Jacobson reached out to her on Twitter.[1] Vérité in turn started writing and recording music under the name Vérité, which translates in French to "truth".[8] She eventually left her job in the food industry to work on her music full-time, after ten years waitressing, the last three of which were at Applebee's restaurant in Times Square.[4]

She started promoting her first single "Strange Enough" in July 2014.[9] It also reached number one on Hype Machine,[1] with Vérité at the time keeping her real name hidden.[8] The song was generally well received by critics,[9] with Complex calling it a "scorching breakup anthem... whose scathing chorus could burn any bad relationship with a vengeance."[7] Casey Lewis of Noisey called it a "haunting, euphoric piece of electro-pop."[8]

Her second track "Weekend" was a "Pick of the Day" for the CDS Music Chart on August 26, 2014.[9] She described "Weekend" as "written to be a snapshot of a moment. It's caught between the nostalgia of everything that was exhilarating and the reality of how temporary that elation can be."[10] Interview Magazine called the track a "beautiful pop gem", where her vocals were "layered gorgeously into something that could perhaps be described as musical fairy dust.'"[10]

2014–2016: Echo, Sentiment and Living[edit]

Her first live show as Vérité was at the New York Neon Gold Popshop.[1] She went on to play a number of gigs promoted by Neon Gold Records, including their showcase in March 2014 at South by Southwest.[4] In September 2014 the song "Echo", the title track from her then-upcoming debut EP, was released exclusively through Billboard's website. Billboard wrote the song "positions the singer as an artist capable of delivering a sweeping hook while emphasizing the subtler details of her arrangements."[5]

On October 20, 2014 she self-released her Echo EP,[2] which includes four tracks: "Strange Enough", "Weekend", "Echo", and "Heartbeat."[2] Liza Darwin of Noisey wrote that "the EP is packed with crisp, delicate vocals, soaring melodies, and glistening production..."[1] After the release she performed a number of late October shows in Brooklyn, including an October 21 show at the BMI Showcase at The Knitting Factory, and shows afterwards at Brooklyn Bowl, Santos Party, and Glasslands with Kate Boy.[5] She self-released Echo EP (The Remixes) on December 15, 2014, which included five remixes by artists such as Penguin Prison.[2]

"The songs [on the Sentiment EP] are complex electronic arrangements, layered with Byrne's rich and ethereal vocals. The runs in the chorus of 'Colors' require a vocal control and stamina she calls 'a beast' to perform live. 'Wasteland' is at once meditative and pulsing, her voice alternately sweet and booming."
— Eliza Berman of Time (June 8, 2015)

She released her single "Wasteland" on February 25, 2015.[2] ChartShaker.com described it as "exquisitely meshing Vérité's ethereal vocals with pounding, uptempo electro beats."[11] Sean Moller of Paste magazine described "Wasteland" as having a "Lana Del Rey vibe that goes a long way."[12]

Her single "Colors", produced by Zach Nicita, was self-released on April 22, 2015.[2] After being featured in Spin magazine on June 3, 2015,[4] Vérité then self-released her second four-track EP Sentiment on June 8, 2015. Her previous singles "Wasteland" and "Colors" were included, as were the new tracks "Rearrange" and "Sentiment",[2] About the overall lyrics, she stated "there's definitely a few brief themes that run through it: mainly, nostalgia, apathy and the exploration of how to connect."[7] Time magazine praised the release, calling her vocals "rich and ethereal."[3]

She has performed internationally[3] and opened for notable bands such as Stars, whom she performed with at Webster Hall in New York City.[4] Early in the summer of 2015 she performed at the Westway with Gallant,[8] the Firefly Festival[6] in June 2015,[7] and Lollapalooza's[7] BMI stage.[13] On March 3, 2016 she released "Underdressed" to serve as the lead single from her Living EP. Living was released on May 6, 2016[14] On September 9, 2016, she released a cover of "Somebody Else" by The 1975; the song was a streaming success, attaining over 70 million streams on Spotify as of June 2017.[15]

2017–present: Somewhere in Between[edit]

On January 13, 2017, Vérité released "Phase Me Out" to serve as the lead single from her debut studio album, Somewhere in Between.[16] She performed the song on NBC's Today show on January 25, 2017.[17] The second single "When You're Gone" was released on March 31, 2017.[18] Somewhere in Between was self-released on June 23, 2017, in partnership with Kobalt Label Services.[18] The album was recorded in London, New York, and Los Angeles, and features production from Liam Howe, Tim Anderson, Peter Thomas, James Flannigan, and Zach Nicita.[18]

Musical style[edit]

The genre of Vérité's music has been described as indie pop by Billboard,[5] while Rachel Brodksy of Spin dubbed it alt pop.[4] About how she sees her own music, Vérité explains that when she released her single "Heartbeat" in 2014, "people called it pop. I was just like, 'OK, I guess it's pop.'"[4] About her songwriting process, she states "when it comes to production and the overall sound I don't really have a lot of intentions with it. I start off with melody and a lyrical idea, and then build off of that story."[4] About themes, she states that "people can really ascribe their own meaning, which I kind of encourage."[3] Eliza Berman of Time opines that Vérité "writes songs about the human condition: what it's like to be here, to inhabit your own mind, to try to connect with others. If that sounds incredibly broad, that's because it is."[3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details
Somewhere in Between

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
Echo
  • Released: October 20, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Sentiment
  • Released: June 8, 2015
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Living
  • Released: May 6, 2016
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Chart peaks Album
Billboard
Spotify Viral
"Strange Enough" 2014 Echo
"Weekend"
"Echo"
"Heartbeat"
"Wasteland" 2015 Sentiment
"Colors"
"Sober"
(Childish Gambino cover)
Non-album single
"Underdressed" 2016 12 Living
"Constant Crush"
"Living"
"Somebody Else"
(The 1975 cover)
41 Non-album single
"Phase Me Out" 2017 Somewhere in Between
"When You're Gone"
"Saint"

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Darwin, Liza (October 24, 2014). "VÉRITÉ Got Her Start In a Middle School Punk Band". Noisey. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "VÉRITÉ". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Berman, Eliza (June 8, 2015). "Listen to Four Gorgeous Songs on Rising Star VÉRITÉ's New EP: Premiere". Time. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Brodksy, Rachel (June 3, 2015). "VERITE: Not Your Average Applebee's Waitress". Spin. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  5. ^ a b c d Lipshutz, Jason (September 30, 2014). "Vérité Song Premiere: Hear 'Echo' From the Rising Pop Artist". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  6. ^ a b "Vérité at Firefly 2015: 'Before I Perform I Tend to Put Everything Out of My Mind'". Billboard. June 22, 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Morris, Jessie (June 17, 2015). "VÉRITÉ Unleashes Mindful 'Sentiment'". Complex. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Lewis, Casey. "Style Rider: VÉRITÉ Is Pro-Mascara, Anti-Heels". Noisey. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  9. ^ a b c "Pick of the Day: VÉRITÉ's "Weekend"". CDS Music Chart. August 26, 2014. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  10. ^ a b "Exclusive Video Premiere: 'Weekend,' Vérité". Interview. 2015. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  11. ^ Bassett, Nick (February 27, 2015). "VÉRITÉ debuts new single 'Wasteland'". ChartShaker. Retrieved 2015-07-06. 
  12. ^ Moller, Sean (July 21, 2015). "Straight From The Horse's Mouth: Sean Moeller's Daytrotter Picks for 7/21/15". Paste. Retrieved 2015-06-30. 
  13. ^ Perron, Alexandra (August 1, 2015). "Catching up with VÉRITÉ at Lollapalooza". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2015-08-16. 
  14. ^ "V Magazine / PREMIERE: UNDERDRESSED BY VERITE". V. Archived from the original on 2016-03-06. Retrieved 2016-03-07. 
  15. ^ https://open.spotify.com/album/3Q4yhhyFA2cpZq2FGOgMwU
  16. ^ "VÉRITÉ's "Phase Me Out" adds another puzzle piece of intrigue to her musical career". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  17. ^ Ginsberg, Gabriella; Ginsberg, Gabriella (2017-01-25). "Verite Slays Performance Of 'Phase Me Out' On 'Today Show' — Watch". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  18. ^ a b c "VÉRITÉ is releasing debut album 'Somewhere In Between' in June". DIY. March 31, 2017. Retrieved December 17, 2017. 

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