Following her critically acclaimed 2018 debut Shades, Vera Sola returns to mesmerize listeners and redefine boundaries on her new album, Peacemaker.
When it comes to mind-bending sound, few artists do it like Canadian/American poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist Vera Sola. Drawing comparisons to artists like Nick Cave, Nancy Sinatra, Leonard Cohen, and PJ Harvey, Sola's music goes beyond genres and eras, carving out a space uniquely her own.
Peacemaker expands upon the introspective themes of Sola's debut, taking listeners with her on a sprawling trip across the grand American landscape, her vision and sound reaching new heights. Recorded predominantly in Nashville with co-producer Kenneth Pattengale, the album is a dramatic departure from the solitary confines of Sola's previous work, embracing collaboration and a newfound sense of openness with over a dozen contributing musicians adding depth and texture to her compositions. The result is a fusion of haunting melodies, evocative lyrics, and that remarkable voice, which takes center stage.
For Sola, Peacemaker represents a map of her memories, a collection of stories stitched together with a dreamlike quality that blurs the lines between past and present. As she explains, "It's a sort of topography of memory, if one were to unroll the mind, and watch as the moments that coalesce into memories rise from the map into relief.” In an industry often defined by conformity, Sola stands as a beacon of individuality and creativity and proves once again that she’s an artist who defies categorization, forging her own path with unwavering confidence and integrity.
Born Danielle Aykroyd to actor Dan Aykroyd and actress Donna Dixon in Los Angeles, Sola spent her upbringing between New York and Canada. After completing her studies at Harvard in literature, she ventured into radio and voice acting, which she continues to do to this day.
Following a stint of recording and performing with Elvis Perkins, she decided to pursue a solo music career. She subsequently entered the studio to record Shades and took the professinal name Vera Sola shortly after. Sola performed, arranged, and produced her debut album independently after which she self-released an EP of Misfits covers called Last Caress.