Photography - Robin Bottrell
Veruca Moon's 'Winter Solstice' is a hauntingly beautiful piece of music that captures the essence of the winter season with its melancholic melody and emotive vocals.
Originating from the rich folk environment of south west of Western Australia, Veruca Moon is a now Boorloo/Perth-based singer-songwriter, quickly becoming a go-to live act on stages across the state, writing songs that you need to hear. With her eponymous band, Veruca puts on the sort of live shows that will have you marking her down as a future star, as audiences at Nannup Music Festival recently witnessed. When the band kicks in and Veruca Moon’s voice soars, you’re transported to another place - a place where accents of country and jazz are more than just guilty pleasures, they’re the future of music.
The long awaited second release for this West Australian 4-piece was recorded and produced at You're Weird studios by Michael Strong and opens with an ambient guitar, setting the mood for the introspective journey that lies ahead. Veruca Moon's vocals are delicate and emotive, drawing the listener into the heart of the song with lyrics are poetic and thought-provoking, touching on themes of isolation, loss, and self-discovery.
“This was written right in the middle of winter when I had just gone through some heavy life changes - writing and playing it has been the one of the most therapeutic processes in my creative career so far” - Veruca Moon
The chorus is particularly powerful, with its soaring melody and uplifting energy. The track pulls back just after the second chorus, using delicate layers to add an element of depth and texture to the song, creating a sense of space and mystery before the final, powerful chorus and outro. The ending leaves you feeling captivated and held, I found myself ready to press play again and listen on repeat.
Overall, 'Winter Solstice' is a masterful work of art that showcases Veruca Moon's talent as both a songwriter and vocalist. The song is deeply introspective, inviting the listener to reflect on their own journey and the meaning of life.