The Veils- The Runaway Found (Rough Trade)
review by Joe del Tufo

Track Listing

1. Wild Son
2. Guiding Light
3. Lavinia
4. More Heat Than Light
5. Tide That Left and Never Came Back
6. Leavers Dance
7. Talk Down the Girl
8. Valleys of New Orleans
9. Vicious Traditions
10. Nowhere Man



All of the hot Brit mags have dubbed The Veils the next big thing. Though we’ve heard this many times before, and then they failed to mention Coldplay when they actually did become the next big thing, The Veils have something unique that most of these other upstart bands do not- a distinctly original sound. An original sound is fine but doesn’t amount to much if the songs aren’t there. On the Runaway Found, they are there in spades. From the raspy acoustic opener The Wild Son, Andrews’ emotive, wavering voices arrives as a revelation, a distinct and measured talent. Think Nick Drake with an ounce of Tom Waits. The track is backed by pleasant but not overwhelming orchestration, and builds quickly to a soaring crescendo. A great choice for an opening track. Guiding Light follows with more of an electric edge and an incredible hook. Ben Woollacott’s drums are complex and thunderous on this one, and the track blazes in and away at just under three minutes. There is so much texture and variety here, it’s tough to know where to point. Check out More Heat Than Light for the sound of four guys firing on all cylinders. See The Tide That Left And Never Came Back for a catchy and accessible pop song, with some of that tinkly guitar texture that Coldplay has made fashionable. Wallow in the gorgeous Lavinia for a fully fleshed-out power ballad that builds, layer upon layer, until the listener is enveloped in the wounds of Finn’s lost love.  Drift deeper into the quieter parts of the disc, on tracks like the sparse piano ballad The Valleys Of New Orleans and the gentle acoustic ballad The Nowhere Man, and you will be rewarded greatly.

Much of The Runaway Found is infused with an emotion that belies Andrews’ age. At times, he sings as though alternately tormented by a lifetime of angst and ardor. He songs are at once simple and easy to grasp, and multifaceted- yielding more with each listen. Perhaps some of the unique aspects to Andrews’ approach can be attributed to the fact that much of the music was written in New Zealand, where he grew up. Only 18-19 when the tracks were written, it likely that the often oppressive influence of the British music scene would have been offset by the natural beauty and distant perspective of NZ.

Of historical note- fans of Shriekback and XTC should note that Finn Andrews is the son of vocalist/ guitarist Barry Andrews whose work we’ve covered extensively in the past.  The rousing track More Heat Than Light was actually composed with the senior Andrews (and Shriekback member Carl Marsh) and can be found on Shriekback’s most recent release, Having A Moment.

Much of the “next big thing” buzz surrounding the Veils are attached to Finn’s unique voice which, though is it unique, is certainly only one component of what makes this release so exciting. One part Jeff Buckley, one part Ian McCullough, one part something new and mysterious, Finn’s voice drifts and weaves an impressive tapestry through track after marvelous track. The Veils debut is raw emotion spread across a wide landscape- the soundtrack to an exposed heart. There’s a lot to like on the Runaway Found, and it’s too good to be appreciated by the current radio formats, so hopefully it will make its way to use in some other form. So if you’re lucky enough to be reading this, treat yourself to something truly refreshing.


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