Some five years ago, singer VV Brown was being touted by many as a sound of 2008, a name for 2009 and a possible stadium-filling artist by 2010. But these things clearly take time.
From being one of the faces of an extensive (and expensive) Marks and Spencer advertising campaign alongside Dannii Minogue, Twiggy and Lisa Snowdon to infusing her experience as a Vogue model with her first live shows, Brown was nothing if not ambitious. Comparable with Grace Jones, if only in confidence and panache, she performed with the iconic tigress at an Island Records celebration before opening for Pink and Little Dragon, two very big acts in 2010.
Her debut-album "Travelling Like The Light" reached the Top 30 and looked good, until album number two was beached by the lady herself. Due to be titled "Lollipops and Politics", Brown eventually discarded the sessions and pronounced the album as 'not right' - back to the songwriting board. On the strength of new single "Samson", she's made the right choice.
Brooding and powerful, "Samson" is the first track to be unleashed from the new 'proper' album, due for release in September and similarly christened "Samson and Delilah". It'll appear on her won YOY imprint, keeping things independent and within reach of its busy creator (she's launching a new clothing range in the autumn).
To promote the album, VV Brown will be back on the road with a short tour in October, starting with London on the 17th, followed by Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, Brighton and Bristol.
Tickets are on sale [08/08/2013 14:00], all priced at a tenner or less.