Perennial Vera Blue Mercury/UMA Whether it’s singing sultry folk ballads or pulsing pop tunes, Sydney singer-songwriter Celia Pavey remains steadfastly ethereal. Her delicately soaring voice is untouchable. Out of this world. Perennial. From the first moment she began singing Simon and Garfunkel’s Scarborough Fair in the blind auditions of television’s The Voice in 2013, it was clear the young music student had something special.
Now, with her debut release under the stage name Vera Blue, the 23-year-old has emerged from the ashes of her talent-show past. She sheds her folk-driven skin and embraces a bold, electronic pop soundscape with which she solidifies her status as an artist. The 12-track album charts a personal journey through relatable themes of heartbreak and ambition, and engagingly explores the blurred lines between fantasy and reality, love and loss. The lyrics are intensely personal, matched by sophisticated songwriting.
Producers Andy and Thom Mak (Boy & Bear, Winterbourne, Bertie Blackman) masterfully combine softer, acoustic tones with crisp, oscillating synths to create a palatable and coherent sonic canvas. Opener First Week is a touching slow build, Private is a booming track that whirrs with electronic chaos and Regular Touch is a single ladies anthem, with rallying cry “don’t need nobody that much, don’t need no regular touch”. Lady Powers is a fun feminist track complete with sleek beat and Mended champions Blue’s superb soprano pipes, ending the release with hopeful vivacity. Perennial is a marvellous demonstration of the unparalleled talent of this young Australian artist.