Raised in Oregon, but now based in Nashville, flourishing singer-songwriter Tessa Violet has enjoyed an astonishing rise over the past couple of years, earning fans the world over and a considerable amount of critical acclaim thanks to her debut album Bad Ideas. That dropped last year towards the end of an extensive tour across the US and Europe soon followed. On said tour she ended up inviting Detroit singer-songwriter and YouTuber Chloe Moriondo to perform one of the album’s tracks, “Words Ain’t Enough”.
The pair ended up forming a tight creative bond and have since decided to re-record the track as a duet. Taking a few cues from ’90s alternative and a touch of indie — think Pixies at their quietest — “Words Ain’t Enough” is subtle and downcast, mired in the feeling of despondency that hits when you realise you’ve been made a fool of.
“When I wrote ‘Words Ain’t Enough’,” Tessa explains, “I told myself I wrote it from my friend Dodie’s perspective about this guy she was seeing. But when I look back on it, I realize I was also writing from my own experience having been in her position many times. Sometimes I tell myself I’m writing a song from someone else’s experience because it’s too scary to admit it’s actually from my own experience, too.
“While I was on tour with COIN in the spring of 2019, I had a few headline shows and in Chicago I brought Chloe out to sing ‘Words Ain’t Enough’ with me during my set, so this collaboration has been in the stars for a while. Chloe has this incredible voice, there’s so much warmth and depth to it, I thought she’d be beautiful on the song.”