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Verona - "Starless Lullaby" (audio) (premiere)

Light and shade offset beautifully on this bewitching debut single.

Described as "a California maiden [who] transplanted herself to the mean streets of New York", singer-songwriter Verona similarly offers a gorgeous combination of light and shade on her debut single "Starless Lullaby". With an arrangement that immediately evokes thoughts of Jon Brion, the track is lush and orchestral, but at the same time an enigmatic darkness permeates the music. It's half soothing, half haunting, and altogether superb.

"I created ‘Starless Lullaby’ in that lovely place in-between sleep and awake that insomniacs become all too familiar with," she says. "After years of sleepless nights, I slowly developed a theory that sleep was a daily ritual preparing us for death. Every evening we learn to let go of our consciousness so we can rest peacefully in the night, and I think that this daily routine helps us become better prepared for our last release that guides us to our ever pending demise. So I decided to write a song for such an occasion, a lullaby to ease my patrons into death.

"Death is a subject that I find myself always coming back to and wanting to explore more. This theme allowed me to dive into a melody that would both sooth and frighten. It was amazing to work with my talented producer and fellow friend Carles Delgado who took a simple spooky idea and turned it into a complete and terrifying nightmare.

"What better way to start off your Halloween weekend then with a creepy tune and voodoo drums?"

We couldn't agree more. Bask in the darkness.

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