To capture Valentina Brave's voice and music is to hitch a ride in Persephone's Ute, having burned across the darkest night of the soul, picked up the Virgin Mary herself to ride shotgun, with Betty Davis on the bonnet.
Her vintage rock, murder ballads and soul anthems come directly from the underworld. These are transformative songs that will spit you out the other side of a journey that may begin in suffering, but ends in a melodic freedom. Brave makes vulnerability her ally, a powerful medicine in these times.
An artist worth witnessing, Brave recently shared the stage with global luminaries Michael Franti, Jackson Browne and Juanes at Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival when Franti invited her to perform for his main stage closing set. With overwhelming response, it was a landmark moment in the evolution of powerhouse vocalist, improviser and world class artist.
Her new EP Wildflower, produced by aria nominated musician Danielle Caruana (Mama Kin), as the title suggests, is indicative of what grows out of human heartache. Wildflowers grow in graveyards, sprung from grief, their beauty bleeding unapologetically into the earth. Like these plants, Brave is a resilient feminine force.
Wildflower is a cathartic release, a cinematic portrayal of what happens when you let your wounds speak. The songs were written while living in a small remote bush community in Arnhem Land for the past 8 years. It has been a time of huge self growth and reflection for Brave. A space where the veil between heaven and earth has been thin. A space where heartbreak has had nowhere to hide, and an initiation in what happens when you truly allow pain and love to yield their magic on the soul. Wildflower is a personal account of the tightrope between grief, beauty and self reclamation.
I Met a Man is out now and her EP Wildflower in February 2019.