We recently brought you 'Small Minds', the debut single from Vera Sola; it was a track that displayed an ability to express deepest intimacy while maintaining a narrative thread. For the follow up to that, 'The Colony', Vera Sola has gone for something much more expansive, and just as impressive. Sola has written a beautiful introduction to the song, so we'll get out of the way and allow her to divulge the plentiful factors at play in the track:

"I wrote ‘The Colony’ very quickly last fall in the days following my return from a while spent supporting native water protectors at Standing Rock. It is loosely the story of America, sung from the perspective of the collective white colonial consciousness. It was important to me in the studio that the lead vocal was delivered in a dismissive tone of casual entitlement, and that the background vocals served as a heavy counterpoint: a choir of the souls who suffered, and continue to suffer, at the hands of the invading oppressor. Voices stripped of language, and left to howl, relegated to the background, yet providing the very foundation of the song, and by metaphorical extension, this country. The whole thing is of course an indictment—a paean to the land and her people.

Singing as the “I” in this case is an example of my divided conscience and consciousness—taking responsibility for, and an acknowledgement of, my part in that collective oppression by virtue of my privilege as a white body. It’s a conscious effort to call attention to that, as well as a deep heart-felt apology.

For the video, I wanted to, as I did on the recording, embody both white colonist and physicalised spirit of the stolen country and it’s first inhabitants. I wanted the setting to convey the sublimity of nature while emphasising its dissection by industrialism. The boats that brought the first Europeans. The trains that crisscross and divide the land, bear the cargo of capitalism and the individuals that would stake claim to wherever they stepped off the platform. The highways and the power plants and oil derricks and power lines that mark and mar the plains and deserts and forests. Aerial footage seemed key here—a watching from above as if from the perspective of floating souls.

Vera Sola's debut album Shades comes out on November 9th - pre-order here. She'll also be playing these live dates:

8 - 11 Nov - Utrecht @ Le Guess Who?
13 Nov - Nottingham @ Rough Trade
14 Nov - London @ Shacklewell Arms
15 Nov - London @ Rough Trade East