With HBO’s Euphoria showing viewers the cruel reality of addiction, Venus Blake’s lead single from her debut album, The Other Side of Midnight, is shedding light on the horrors of the illness as well. According to a press release, Blake says the single “Tragedy” is “about the torment of loving someone in the throes of addiction. Wanting to escape and yet being unable to let go of your ‘tragedy,’ the chaotic drama of a toxic relationship that you refuse to give up on.” The song itself includes a “sparse piano arrangement” and Blake’s voice that seems to bleed words into each other (almost like Enya but less meditation-y).
Some other standout tracks include the piano-heavy “Red Wine” and the upbeat (yet dark) song “Here Comes The Flood.”
In a press release, Blake says the album “is an intimate look into the heart of the modern day Outsider, capturing the alienation, melancholy, solitude and angst of the artist, living in a world gone mad, and facing their demons with a devil on one shoulder, the muses on the other. Love, loss, heartbreak, melancholy, alienation, addiction, isolation but also hope, ecstasy, the devotion to beauty and the hidden magic of life come together to make a harrowingly honest and intimate look into the darkest corners of the soul.”
Stream the full album below.