[ALBUM REVIEW] The Veils: Time Stays, We Go
- ‘Time Stays, We Go‘
Pitch Beast Records
[Released April 2013]
It’s been a long 4 years since the Veils released their last full studio album, Sun Gangs. Apart from having left Rough Trade Records, and releasing a slightly disjointed EP under their own record label back in 2011, they have been very quiet. In fact it wasn’t until I ran in to front man Finn Andrews in the streets of East London’s Hackney that I even knew they were still in London.
The band has moved back and forward between New Zealand and London over the years, split, regrouped and lost and gained new members. For this most recent album, the band headed to sunny Los Angeles to record in Lauren Canyon.
It would be fair to say all the relocating and changing of band members has affected the band’s sound over the years, although there is always one element that ties it all together and keeps that unmistakable Veils sound; Finn Andrews.
His voice ranges from haunting and despondent, to chaotic and full of emotion and rage, his stage presence almost like watching an exorcism, a beautiful play of love and loss and death. What is most impressive about this band is the way they all rise and fall with Andrews, he starts wailing and they step up the clamour, he drops to a whisper and suddenly you are in an eerie world of slow-moving musical instruments.
Andrews is a storyteller, and this new album is another great collection of tales. We are taken along rambling railroad tracks in ‘Train With No Name’, to dark saloon bars with dancing girls in ‘Candy Apple Red’, and on holiday somewhere tropical in ‘Turn From the Rain’ with its upbeat arrangement and Mariachi-style trumpets. Long-time bassist Sophie lends her vocals for a few tracks on this album, and provides a lovely intro for ‘Another Night on Earth’. New band member Raife Burchell brings some dramatic drumming in to ‘Through The Deep, Dark Wood’ and a nice, slow build-up in ‘Out From the Valley and Into The Stars’.
Towards the middle of the album songs start to lack that gripping emotion and energetic chaos that we love so much in older Veils songs, but you can still hear the rambling desperation in Finn’s voice in songs such as ‘Dancing With the Tornado’, and they do a great job in wrapping it all up in a climactic final track.
This is yet another album where the band successfully combines heartbreaking poetry, revelations of the world, melodramatic soundtracks, cheerful melodies, and uplifting bursts of emotion.
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