Celia Pavey of moniker Vera Blue has been heralded a natural storyteller. Shooting to fame on The Voice Australia, Pavey didn’t follow the boom-and-bust cycle that plagues so many of the world’s reality show contestants. Instead she forged a path from folk to electronic pop and with lyrics so emotive, raw and relatable, the circular pathways between love and loss on her current album are almost tangible. Split into three chapters, Perennial navigates a woman’s breakdown after the end of a long relationship and finishes in a place of renewed strength.
“Perennial was written from the ashes of a relationship that had come to an end… it’s not so much a break-up album as it is a repairing album.”
Writing music after a relationship can be cathartic but…it can also be quite draining. When you’re writing songs and reminiscing on past pains and feeling that sense of vulnerability, it’s hard. Remembering what to felt like to have your heart broken is everlasting, it’s perennial. It’s about recognising that it’s OK to feel vulnerable.”
“A moment where I felt I had really come into my own… was performing my single Regular Touch at Splendour in The Grass. It can take so long to recover from losing someone and that song is about yearning to feel the freedom form the chains of heartbreak; wanting to feel content on your own; not needing that affection to feel loves or feel like your worth something.”
“We spaced the album into three chapters… the first is kind of about the first week after a break up, it’s about that frustration, you’re hurt. The second chapter starts with Private where I’ve started realising new things, having new thought, new crushes, new feelings for people. I’d moved on and was ready to take on the world. The third chapter is about empowerment.
“I’m interested to see if I get any feedback from any exes… but at the same time, it’s ok. That’s the amazing thing about music – you can be really honest and real without being malicious.”
Vera Blue’s new album Perennial is out now.