This is the third of my posts profiling the six artists that I have narrowed down from 200 before picking three for the longlist. It’s both a real honour and responsibility for myself and the other 39 bloggers and no easy task.
Having spent a good ten years as part of Electrelane I was already aware of Verity Susman . What I was not prepared for though was quite how much I was blown away by the whole concept of her solo work . Musically it’s a real departure from the indie sounds of her previous incarnation the inclusion of Jack Barraclough’s visuals make the package complete. I guess this won’t be to everybody’s taste it pushes boundaries taking you out of your comfort zone , to put yourself out there bare is no easy decision.
Over the past year she has played across the UK and Europe presenting a psychedelic alienation project using music, visuals, and spoken word. Weaving surreal reconstructions of pulp romance novels and lesbian sci-fi slash fiction tales into a collage of exploratory soundworlds, her gigs embrace the subversive possibilities of awkwardness. Often appearing in drag, her saxophone becomes an organ of musical and gender performance, confronting audiences with a queer female masculinity that is at once serious, humorous, angry and uncomfortable.
If you have the time I would urge you to watch the visuals via the link below
Having already picked up a smashing review from Pitchfork I have no doubt that we will be hearing a lot more about Verity as a solo artist.
I must stress again that this post although meaning I have enjoyed the music , does not mean that Verity will be in my final three