VÉRITÉ lets go of the past with ‘new skin’.

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VÉRITÉ lets go of the past with ‘new skin’.

The cover of VÉRITÉ's second studio album, 'new skin'.

The cover of VÉRITÉ's second studio album, 'new skin'.

VÉRITÉ, AWAL

The cover of VÉRITÉ's second studio album, 'new skin'.

VÉRITÉ, AWAL

VÉRITÉ, AWAL

The cover of VÉRITÉ's second studio album, 'new skin'.

Mason Montano, Music Editor

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American singer-songwriter VÉRITÉ is an intellectual and a fantastic songwriter, as every one of her songs tell a story, with melodies that are complex as well as catchy. 

Following a trilogy of EPs; Echo, Sentiment, and Living; released between October 2014 and May 2016, she dropped her incredible debut album, Somewhere in Between, in June 2017. The album was a vulnerable, in-depth look at her struggles with depression, anxiety, and feeling “numb” to the world; and two years later, VÉRITÉ is turning over a new leaf with the release of her second studio album, new skin, in late October.

While just as vulnerable as her previous record, new skin has a more positive connotation, with themes of healing and moving on, and this is reflected on the opening track, “new skin”, which acts as a declaration of her newfound peace of mind.

The most obvious difference between the two, however, can be found on the album covers, as Somewhere in Between is in black and white while new skin is in color, symbolizing the personal growth VÉRITÉ has achieved over the past two years, having removed herself from that dark place.

In spite of her progress, new skin doesn’t come without tragedy, as the lyrics describe a vicious breakup, and VÉRITÉ reveals she’d been cheated on with tracks like “youth” and “think of me”, which portray her feelings toward the situation through brutal honesty, referencing very specific events to communicate her anger and sadness to the listener.

The lead single, “gone”, is a heartbreaking moment of clarity for VÉRITÉ as she comes to terms with the end of the relationship, and its appropriate placement toward the end of the album indicates the journey of emotions and heartbreak has finally come to an end. VÉRITÉ is finally free. 

new skin is available now across all online and streaming platforms.

Stream new skin on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/2b0dLMRLdninQEdHJpwTiA?si=50QqR1F9QMWGYF5wcsT12Q

Watch the music video for “gone”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Bmx0YfrHZw

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VÉRITÉ in the music video for “gone”.