Brüjah’s skill as a musical alchemist, mixing melodies, vocal phrasing, and lyrical nuancing to create haunting and intensely evocative music is phenomenal. This ability is best heard in the single “The End Of The World”, which instantly hooked me. The song is a cover version of the 1962-released original, written by Dee Sylvia / Kent Arthur and performed by Skeeter Davis. The song has since been covered numerous times through the years, and Brüjah’s distinctive interpretation certainly qualifies her to sit proudly on that list.
Brüjah’s vocals is the key player on “The End Of The World”, and considering their endlessly crystalline qualities, how could it be any other way? The songstress lets her voice ring, shading it in the many tones of gray between subtle warmth and sighing melancholy. The interplay between voice and music is wistful and earnest, while Brüjah reels you in in a way that so few singers can.
The progression of the song devolves into a kind of hypnotic stream of consciousness with poignant orchestration. The music and lyrics combine into a force of heartfelt palpable tenderness. “Why does the sun go on shining? Why does the sea rush to shore? Don’t they know it’s the end of the world? ‘Cause you don’t love me anymore,” sings Brüjah, as she unfolds the affecting narrative. Her voice has a far more majestic quality than you might expect from singer you may not have heard of yet. Brüjah turns songs into philosophies!