Album Review: Veronica Falls - 'Veronica Falls'
Their influences might be all too familiar, but the spectre-loving twee team still make a good fist of it on their debut
The irony is that you almost certainly have heard of the bands they take their cues from. They might even be a little overfamiliar: in 2011, there’s nothing particularly unique about riffing on the likes of the Shop Assistants, Beat Happening or The Pastels.
Veronica Falls, however, do display a natural affinity for it. This debut may be frozen in
a perpetual, sexless adolescence, but they’ve somehow made that seem charming rather than cloying, even as vocalist Roxanne Clifford swoons longingly at ghosts (‘Found Love In A Graveyard’) and sighs odes to a boy so childlike he’s probably still in buckled shoes (‘Stephen’). They shouldn’t be dismissed as mere wimps of whimsy, either: these songs are played with confidence, and only the album’s exquisite, wintry closer ‘Come On Over’ is allowed to breach the four-minute mark. In keeping with their insistence that the Velvets are actually a bigger influence than C86 – a bit like arguing chicken-or-egg with a mouthful of omelette – many are also morbid affairs; as on ‘Beachy Head’, a blushing hymn to the UK’s favourite suicide spot.
Veronica Falls aren’t quite a love ’em or hate ’em proposition; they’re far too arch for that. But even if they’re a hard band to fall in love with, this record is ridiculously easy to admire.
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