Connor Godfrey Connor.A.Godrey@uwsp.edu
The 2011 self-titled, debut album of the English band Veronica Falls suited the feeling of winter that was fast approaching upon its release. The haunting and faded ambience mixed with upbeat percussion and harmonies painted a picture in my head of walking in a snow storm, heading towards the eerie house that graced the album cover. Despite that, I listened to the entirety of their recent February release Waiting for Something to Happen twice while biking on a warm day in May. It proved to be a comforting soundtrack to rushing past wild turkeys and barefoot kids frog-giggin’.
If someone were to ask if they should listen to Waiting for Something to Happen by checking out the hot tracks first, or by dropping the needle on track number one and letting record spin (flipping it over halfway through), I would suggest the former. I always advocate listening to the whole album, but this album may become rather monotonous, to the casually listener especially. One song I would recommend would have to be the catchy If You Still Want Me; Roxanne Clifford’s dreary vocals blend with the droning guitar like mayonnaise and tuna (flawlessly). The simple yet enjoyable Shooting Star provides a nice break in the quick and steady pace that is prevalent throughout the album. All of the songs speak to Veronica Falls’ fantastic song writing that strives for unique melodies; one would need a fine-toothed comb to find a borrowed tune.
It’s difficult to pinpoint a comparable band to Veronica Falls, yet if one were to listen to them for the first time, one would think they have heard them a few times before. To claim Belle and Sebastian as an influence is fair, but Veronica Falls maintains a certain sound that Belle and Sebastian has never touched. However, with two releases under their belt, Veronica Falls seems to have become comfortable with their certain sound: an indie, Brit-pop with a dash of Goth sound that they have seemed to have formed as their niche in the music world. Alas, it is theirs, and they do it justice.