On the video, Vera Blue says, “The video for ‘Mermaid Avenue,’ directed by friend and creative weapon Billy Zammit, is all the video ever needed to be. Magical, dreamy, nostalgic, and moody with splashes of light, colour, melancholy emotions, and beautiful views. I love the rawness of this clip and the way it perfectly paints the picture and setting of what the song is about. It’s bittersweet with an emotive performance, and I truly hope you all enjoy it. I loved working with Billy on this one, and we are so proud of what we’ve created together by the ocean.”
The song has received widespread acclaim, with NME praising the track’s “punchy percussion and glittery electronics,” and Women In Pop declaring, “The album is undoubtedly a career highlight for Vera Blue, heavy, introspective and challenging at times but also full of joy, love and danceable beats.”
Soon after the release of her gold certified debut Perennial album, Vera Blue began working on her follow-up album Mercurial. Having faced heartbreak and pain during its conception, her next stage was set to be one of reinvention, and while several singles released over the last 2 years hinted towards what would come next, no one could have foreseen what the coming years would hold.
Faced with writer’s block and diagnoses of both depression and anxiety, Vera Blue began channeling her journey into her new body of work as a means of healing and therapy. Inspired by the pain of days gone by, and the quiet confidence of what was to come, Mercurial harnesses this raw emotion to present itself as a piece of work that is visceral, messy, and ultimately beautiful.
Mercurial – itself a term indicating a sudden shift in focus and mood – slowly took shape as a fitting follow-up to Perennial with the aid of longtime collaborators Andy and Thom Mak.
Musically, the 10-track album sees Vera Blue presenting a sound more in line with her live shows. Armed with organic instrumentation, heavier bass, and the thickness and energy of electronic influences, it sounds more akin to her trademark performances, adding a sense of energy, urgency, and authenticity to its delivery.
Though her previous work was informed by heartbreak and pain, Mercurial is the sound of Pavey evolving as both a human and an artist, facing the unexpected ability to change, and discovering herself at the height of her powers. It’s the realization that emotions are a superpower, it’s harnessing the negative to discover the positives, it’s embracing the mercurial nature of sentiment, and it’s finding that comfort in the discomfort of evolving.
Arguably her heaviest and most surprising work to date, Mercurial reminds the world that there is a light at the end of the tunnel contrasting extreme lows with the cathartic highs.
Vera Blue will be taking her new album on the road for her Australian tour, which starts on the Gold Coast on November 3rd, the heads to Brisbane, Newcastle, Geelong, Melbourne, Perth, and finishes up in Sydney in mid-December.
Well known as a music festival show-stopper, Vera Blue will be performing at Beyond The Valley, Unwind In the Vines, Stonefest 2022, as well as supporting Flume in Adelaide and Hobart on his National Tour in November and December.