War Violet has a way of cinematically bending the orchestra to her will. Her attempts don’t have to feign anything, her vocals are enough to bring a wave of change in this genre people seem to have never considered. The amount of layers that cascade down to create this gem of a piece is truly breathtaking. This is her latest single, Different Formations.
If you have had the chance to hear her 2018 EP Getaway, then you know how she’s treated this approach. If you haven’t, I encourage you to do so. Her music has a way of inviting you into her head, into her poetry and words. The first 20 seconds of this single, you’re flowing into the brilliant arrangement that opens it up. When her powerful vocals come in, there is laser focus towards the directions that can be explored with it. Chorus parts seem ingrained before we even reach the melody, something that requires as much foresight as it does skill. War Violet has made something that is inspired by artists of the 80s, while having her own throne on the pedestal. An addictive, sweet and simple song with her gilded pen writing the war against evil.
Her single Cabaret Dancer (Live at Muchmore’s) is worth enjoying every second of. It shows her voice as perfect live, as it is in studio. This song would be perfect in the movie Blue Valentine (2010), a movie of heartbreak and separation. While her lyrics are wondrous parallels, the cinematic approach is what provides all the drama. War Violet helps you see through the screen.