Album of the Week: Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
With the release of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's excellent follow-up LP Belong earlier this year, many bands dabbling in the same kind of British C86-influenced indie-pop may be overshadowed. Fellow Slumberland Records comrades Veronica Falls avoid this pitfall with the release of their debut album - constructed from songs recorded and released from 2009 onwards - by adding a very macabre, quietly potent flavour to their songwriting, delivered by the girl/boy vocal duo Roxanne Clifford and James Hoare. These songs are always quiet and melodic (reminiscent of Galaxie 500), drawing the listener even deeper into their often sinister narratives, be they of a lover's jealousy ("Wedding Day") or suicide ("Beachy Head"). It isn't until the final track "Come on Over" that any kind of resolution is found. Quite a different take on a popular style right now; if you enjoyed the likes of the Pains, Yuck and possibly Girls this may be worth investigating.