Veronika Utri

REVIEW: ‘If You Leave’ (EP) – Veronika Utri

Veronkia Utri – “If You Leave” (EP)

London based singer and songwriter Veronika Utri releases her debut EP today. “If You Leave”. The 4 track EP includes her first three singles together with a brand new track with each song chronologically telling a story of a love that ends and all the turbulence around that. Veronika was born in Austria, raised in Poland and is now based in London, wheere she has worked with producers to create her own sound and style. The EP opens with “Promise Me That”, a ‘quiet’ pop number with a soft beat and echoing vocals which deals with two people needing to know if they have to go their separate ways and realising that it is for the best.

The ‘racier’ “Touching Me” has a more sexual undertones as the two people separating still cannot stop touching each other and perhaps find it difficult to let go that easily. You soon discover Veronika’s vocals are almost child-like and sit so delicately above the music, particulatly of this synth-driven track. “Cigarette” is a piano based soft-beat pop track which keeps the memory of that special person alive, wrapped in a ‘cigarette’ and there for all time. If that’s what you really want… The EP closes with another great pop number, “Don’t Miss You”.

“Don’t Miss You” is the final acceptance that the love has gone, you can miss certain aspects of a relationship but in the end, you won’t actually miss the bad partner when all is said and done. Veronkia recorded all the vocals for herself with each song with Jack Gourlay adding additional production to “Touching Me”. All in all, Veronika has created something that is very rustic and simplistic that focuses on the innocence of her voice rather than big production and thumping beats, which would be out of place here. Whether the content of this EP is from her own experience or whether she draws on those around her, Veronika is able to tell a story from one persons view point from beginning to end and does so with feeling, heart and a tinge of sadness.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!