MP3: V V Brown Feat. Kele Okereke ‘Faith’
V V Brown would be all too easy to forget about. In fact, it’s tempting.
She emerged on to the mainstream music radar in the late 2000s along with other similarly feisty British females, such as Lily Allen and Kate Nash. While “Shark in the Water” and “Crying Blood” were catchy little earworms, there wasn’t too much to distinguish Brown from her competition. Her music (at that point in time) was like a bag of candy: sweet at first, but overwhelming once you’ve ingested a whole bag.
Enter her latest effort, Samson and Delilah. Since then, we’ve seen her contemporaries fade from the scene and a pint-sized New Zealander take over. If I had to judge from “Faith” alone, I’d say Brown is pulling a comeback of L.L. Cool J proportions. Watch yourself, Lorde. (Samson and Delilah was released late last year, by the way.)
“Faith” is her duet with Bloc Party lead singer (and occasional solo artist) Kele Okereke. It’s a pleasant change of pace. Brown sang in a punk band as a teen and it often comes across in her music via her attitude and style. “Faith” is laidback, more easygoing. It signals a new maturity for Brown– and that’s a sign of great things to come.
Okereke’s voice works well with Brown’s. They balance each other like a sonic waltz: No partner is attempting to overpower the other. All in all, it’s an empowering, calming song that plays up the two singers’ lesser-known strengths.
On a side note, Brown decided to launch the new single simultaneously with a campaign (of the same name) that aims to get at the heart of what people truly care about.