It was a particularly steamy evening. Fans of VÉRITÉ curled around the corner of North 6th and Wythe in Williamsburg, fanning themselves as they waited to enter National Sawdust and relish in it’s air conditioning. Inside, twenty black chairs, accompanied by a sprinkle of music stands, were neatly positioned around the stage. Flowers in different hues of purple and pink decorated the equipment creating a mystical garden setting. The Hum, an all female and non binary concert series, put together an evening of ethereal music that truly took my breath away.
Opening the show, as well as accompanying VÉRITÉ that evening, was Little Kruta, a crowd-funded, all-female, pop chamber orchestra. The night featured all new arrangements by the fierce and talented Kristine Kruta. Her arrangement of “Pure Imagination” was so hauntingly beautiful it’s too bad that we can’t time travel back to 2005 and incorporate it into the creepy Johnny Depp rendition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
VÉRITÉ came on stage to a thunderous applause, bashfully bowing her head and taking her place at the mic. She expressed that after being holed up writing by herself for so long, how excited she was to be performing that night.
Her already dark and dreamy pop songs were brought to a whole new level of eerily beautiful as the elegance of her voice was matched by the vibration of strings around her. The arrangement of her song “Nothing” was my favorite. The song was transformed from a poppy dance hit to a quiet and haunting lullaby. Her set also included arrangements of her song “Underdressed,” her cover of The 1975’s “Somebody Else,” and many more.
Hearing an artist’s songs performed in a different way can sometimes be hit or miss. But that night, with all of that talent in one room, it was magical.
Article: Merissa Blitz