Violet Skies emerged on Soundcloud back in January, making it immediately apparent with her debut single, How The Mighty, that she was going places. Six months on and Violet has just released her debut EP, Dragons, which features How The Mighty and three new tracks; Violet’s angelical tone accompanies percussive synth beats that embellish the EP, providing an infectious sound that coincides perfectly with current music trends, whilst remaining both unique and original. Think of a Lana Del Ray, London Grammar and Haim hybrid with greater vocal proficiency and a lot more soul and you will be somewhere on the way to understanding the excellence of Violet Skies’ sound.
How The Mighty, the first single on the EP, instantly captivates with Violet’s hauntingly beautiful vocals amalgamated with a sonata-like piano backing. Her voice soars flawlessly over the mesmeric percussion, creating a whimsical, dreamlike vibe which continues throughout the EP.
The title song, Dragons, really showcases the range within the EP; the contrast between the gentle synths and serene vocals that open the track and the persistent, highly danceable, synth-pop beats during the chorus’ highlight the versatility of Violet’s sound.
Patience and For You, the most emotionally driven songs of the EP, are packed full of warmth and passion; the lyrics of both showcase Violet’s great ability to capture the listener as well as providing choruses which will have you singing them for days.
What’s great about this EP is it’s pure versatility; the lyrics and Violet’s breathtaking vocal can really be appreciated when listened closely but when the volume is turned up, the heavy bass lines transform them into great dance tracks.
However, it became evident when watching Violet debut her Dragons EP at The Courtyard Theatre, Hoxton, that the music really comes into its own when performed live; her artistic flair and passion truly shone, demonstrating her skill not only as a singer, but as an incredibly well rounded artiste. From the moment the stage came to life with projections of time lapse storms and various sky scapes swirling in the background, it became clear that the event was not only a gig but a well constructed performance art piece indulging all five senses.
Perhaps one of my highlights of the set was Guilt, a beautiful ballad which moved many in the audience after Violet’s heart-felt performance and flawless vocal. Whilst this track doesn’t feature on the current EP, I suspect, and sincerely hope, that it will appear in the future, perhaps on a debut album, as it is far too good not to be released. Another track performed during the set was an breathtaking cover of Kanye West’s, Power, which absolutely blows the original out of the water!
Experiencing Violet Skies live with her equally talented musicians was absolutely stunning; drums, a synthesizer and perhaps surprisingly, a violin, were the perfect foundation for Violet’s voice, creating a rich and full sound. By the end of her set it was clear to the whole audience that we had only witnessed a glimpse of her full potential and talent.
The “Dragons” EP is available now on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.
In addition, a selection of recordings from Violet’s performance at the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury Festival are available to watch on BBC iPlayer and Youtube. With the BBC Introducing Stage having previously launched careers of artists such as Tinie Tempah, Ed Sheeran, Haim, Jake Bugg, George Ezra, Rizzle Kicks, Tom Odell and Two Door Cinema Club, the future looks bright for this promising new talent; ethereal beauty, Violet Skies, is sure to become one to watch in 2014 and beyond. You heard it here first!
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