Verite, Kinky Love | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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When: Tue., March 24, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $10
Armed with a very small batch of pinpointed exclusive-single premieres, New York singer-songwriter Vérité (aka Kelsey Byrne) currently exists on the Internet’s second page, not really below-the-radar but rather in an amorphous cloud of quick-hit music blog posts from content supermachines that cater to an audience ready and willing to devour buzzwords/phrases like “up and coming” and “artist to watch.” It’s an indie-pop hype game in which the artist either moves on to bigger and glitzier stages—and record labels—or is crushed by the weight of expectation. To date Verite’s only collection of tracks is the modest four-song EP, Echo—and it shows promise not only in her powerful, sirenlike vocals but also in the clean-cut precision of the glossy, thumping hooks. Self-released and digital-only, the album at times features dark and solemn electro that’s minimal in the same way Natasha Khan might approach a track (the low, dull synth burn on the verses of “Strange Enough” belongs in some 80s-horror-movie camp). But make no mistake, Vérité is more pop than goth; on her recently released single “Wasteland,” you can practically see the strobe lights beating down on the producer/DJ as he does his best hype-man routine. —Kevin Warwick
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