Vera Sola will release her debut album SHADES on November 9th. Today, the first track “Small Minds” has been shared via Flaunt. “From the recording of the song I wanted the visuals to convey a sort of opulent decay,” said Vera. “The degradation that comes with the power of technology: of our bodies, of possibility for meaningful connection, of any jab at true romance. And the loneliness of all that—the extreme and singular loneliness that comes with physically being with someone while they’re off in the cloud, in the ‘net, all webbed up somewhere else.” SHADES is available for both digital and vinyl pre-order now.
Though a longtime member of Elvis Perkins’ band, SHADES marks her first solo effort. Vera Sola will be on tour throughout August supporting the legendary Rodriguez. Highlights include the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on August 17th and Luckman Center in Los Angeles on August 25th. More US dates to be announced soon.
WATCH SMALL “MINDS” HERE
Vera Sola grew up between New York City and a farm in Canada, raised by artists, writers and seekers. As a child she was surrounded by music—training early on as a dancer, learning to play piano, and later teaching herself guitar and bass. Writing too was always a passion. Considering she holds a degree in Literature from Harvard, it’s fitting that Vera Sola’s songs are arranged to give words a well-earned place at their center. On SHADES, Vera employs her background in poetry to explore at once the generalities and subtleties of the nature of ‘femininity’. Each song speaks the story of a different feminized character—whether a spurned lover, a stolen country, an anthropomorphized rhinoceros or biblical first woman—delivered with a skilled literary approach and signature turn of phrase.
Recorded in St. Louis at Native Sound Studio, Vera wrote, played and arranged all of the parts on SHADES. With her distinct voice as a foundation, traditional instrumentation and the music of found objects are woven into a soundscape that is all at once complex and sparse.
1. Virgils Flowers
2. The Colony
3. Small Minds
6. Black Rhino Enterprises
7. Loving, Loving
8. The Cage
9. By Mothlight
10. New Nights
Aug 12 – Moore Theatre – Seattle, WA*
Aug 14 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR*
Aug 17 – Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA*
Aug 19 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA*
Aug 21 – Granada Theatre – Santa Barbara, CA*
Aug 23 – Humphreys – San Diego, CA*
Aug 25 – Luckman Center – Los Angeles, CA*
Sept 11 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Sept 12 – Jammin Java – Vienna , VA
Sept 13 – Ortlieb’s Lounge – Philadelphia , PA
Sept 15 – Cafe 939 – Boston , MA