Speaking on the music video for the track, Vera expressed her love for “delving into new visual landscapes of colours, shapes, lighting and symbolism, and the idea of inventing an alternative reality that tells a story and captures the emotional roller coaster of falling in love again.” I think what struck me most about this description, was how much it compared with the surrealist qualities that I have always associated with night-time driving; far stretching roads, expansive landscapes, abstract and shapeless objects and a fresh vision which seems to escape me during daylight hours.
The song tells the story of trusting again after a failed relationship; Vera describes herself as “losing her mind with falling IN love.” What’s perhaps most interesting about this track, is how it sees new territory for Vera from a production and studio standpoint. After listening to a few of her early works and covers, “Lie To Me” sees new heights in terms on the sonic landscape. Through experimental melodies, studio techniques and what sounds like a much wider range of instrumental colours and timbres. there is a marked difference from her previous tracks. For me, “Lie To Me” therefore becomes very representative of her evolvement as an artist, as it charts a movement away from her early folk roots, to a new home-sound shaped very much by electro-pop.
I’ve been doing a bit of a deep dive into Vera this week and I have not been disappointed! So if you love ‘Lie To Me’ (which I’m sure you will), I’d also recommend hitting up her songs ‘Settle’, a lower-tempo but dreamy track, and her beautiful cover of Bowie’s ‘Heroes’, which honestly felt like I was hearing it for the very first time.