As the Brooklyn newcomer releases ‘Echo’…

Brooklyn’s VÉRITÉ has just released her debut EP, ‘Echo’, a subtle yet passionate collection of bohemian alt-pop recordings in a similar vein to Tove Lo, or perhaps Imogen Heap.

As someone who clearly knows her way around the extended player – ‘Echo’ is one of the best examples of its kind to come out in 2014 – we asked VÉRITÉ to name seven of her favourite EPs of all time. You can check out her selections right after a stream of her EP’s title track.

(Listen to the whole EP here)

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Daughter – ‘The Wild Youth’ (2011)
“The most beautiful, heart-breaking songs. She [Elena Tonra] captures these moments in such a perfect way.”

Bon Iver – ‘Blood Bank’ (2009)
“I like music that stops you in your tracks and immediately makes you sit still and get a little sad. He [Justin Vernon] makes you feel like it’s winter and you’re snowed inside, even when he’s singing about how summer comes to multiply.”

SOHN – ‘Bloodflows’ (2013)
“SOHN’s production is flawless. I wasn’t familiar with him before this EP, and it was the perfect introduction. I really appreciate cohesion in art and music and I feel like everything he introduces is so on point, fluid and, ultimately, super cool.”

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SOHN, ‘Bloodflows’

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Sufjan Stevens – ‘All Delighted People’ (2010)
“I've been a huge Sufjan fan since [2003 album] ‘Michigan’. I appreciate the insane, slightly bipolar arrangements. It’s so grandiose and over the top, but it leaves you with this elation so it’s totally effective and brilliant.”

Phantogram – ‘Nightlife’ (2011)
“When I heard this for the first time it made me question everything I had ever written, pre VÉRITÉ. I think when you hear great music it’s supposed to motivate you to push yourself in different directions. Lyrically, it’s abstract enough to be poetic and beautiful, but specific enough to resonate. The production is so tasteful and spot on. I’m obviously a massive Phantogram fan.”

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Phantogram, ‘Nightlife’

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Beirut – ‘Lon Gisland’ (2007)
“I saw Beirut at Central Park SummerStage randomly, when I was 16. Immediately fell in love with the instrumentation and how massive the arrangements were.”

Banks – ‘London’ (2013)
“I really appreciate cohesion. I feel like each track melted into the next and this introduction was such a perfect package. Definitely inspiring.”

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Banks, ‘Waiting Game’

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As told to Jonathan Hatchman

‘Echo’ is out now. VÉRITÉ online.

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