Following her smash hit “Rushing Back” with Flume, Australian electro pop powerhouse Vera Blue delivers the next exhilarating chapter with the release of her new single “Lie To Me” out now via Republic Records—listen HERE!
If the tracks on the Australian sensation’s debut album Perennial were written in the ashes of a devastating break up, then “Lie To Me” is Vera Blue (a.k.a Celia Pavey) losing her mind at the other end of the romantic spectrum—falling IN love. “Lie To Me” is anchored to a pulsating, tropical beat with a shrewd hybrid of live and electronic drums, interweaving a scattering of ominous sounding vocal samples and synths. It’s a summery dance hit with extra layers of sonic tension, as Vera Blue sings, “Would you lie to me? If I lie, would you lie? Say goodbye to me?”
Intriguingly, Vera Blue is not directing these lyrical questions at the object of her affection but at the warring voices in her own head—some validating and amplifying her panic and jealousy, the others imploring her to take hold and not destroy a good thing. Of “Lie To Me,” Vera Blue says, “When you go through a lot of emotional shit, you can’t imagine yourself in a new relationship. Then you suddenly fall into one, and the fear and mistrust can be overwhelming: ‘Is this as amazing as it seems, or is it going to blow up in my face again?’”
The song has been brought to life with Vera Blue’s producing/co-writing team of Andy and Thom Mak and engineer Jackson Barclay. Vera Blue says, “The lyrics and melodies that I wrote with Thom came from a more poetic and obscure experimental place for both of us, with Andy digging into new exciting sonic landscapes imitating the raw emotion and Jackson bringing the tones to life tracking various instruments through the amazing sounding console and outboard gear at the grove studios. This song had us all wide eyed and buzzing.”
For “Lie To Me,” Vera Blue’s extraordinary vocals are at capacity which she credits to three years of relentless live performing and projecting her voice over festival crowds. As well as her sold out headline shows, she has played Splendour in the Grass and Lollapalooza, both as a solo artist and as part of a world tour with Flume.
She says, “I recently watched some video of myself when I first started performing—my voice was so sweet and innocent! I could not have reached the belting moments at the end of ‘Lie To Me’ back then. My voice is stronger than it ever has been, which enhances what we create in the studio.”