VERITE’s debut album ‘Somewhere In Between’ was one of my favourite records of 2017 because of it’s vulnerable emotions, bold production and raw storytelling. She managed to be so honest but also showcase such power and strength through the way she picked herself up from the damage in her life and found a way to grow. The whole album spoke to that sentiment and immediately saw her becoming one of my top “artists to watch”. After a whole lot of touring, the New York singer-songwriter re-entered the studio to start working on her much anticipated sophomore record. ‘Gone’ is the exclusive first taste of what is to come and it’s another track full of healing. Reflecting on a burnout she had in the aftermath of the release of her debut album, she sights the complications of touring and recording and having to leave loved ones behind. “Love, take me over. I don’t wanna sleep tonight. Rest on your shoulder. I don’t wanna leave your side”. Citing her insecurities, she confessed to her partner that she is unstable and could breakdown at any moment because she feels so overwhelmed. “Love, I should’ve warned you. I’m a stick of dynamite. The threat of explosion constantly strapped to your side”. She looks at this as a negative burden where as instead it’s actually a very strong and powerful thing to be aware of your emotions in such a vulnerable way. During the chorus she unravels all her thoughts and the insecurities of walking away and never returning. “So leave the clothes and mess we made up all on the floor. Cause when we put them on we’re not in love anymore. Cause I know when we go, we’re really gone”. There are a lot of different emotions and feelings layered into this song and see VERTIE reacquainting herself with listeners after a life changing two years. The production is classic bold indie-pop with a dark mood that still has hopeful harmonies flowing through the chorus. It’s a great reintroduction that allows her powerful vocals and emotional undertones to take the lead.