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 [b]Shop Assistants[/b], [b]Beat Happening[/b] or [b]The Pastels[/b].
[a]Veronica Falls[/a], 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 (‘[b]Found Love In A Graveyard[/b]’) and sighs odes to a boy so childlike he’s probably still in buckled shoes (‘[b]Stephen[/b]’). 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 ‘[b]Come On Over[/b]’ is allowed to breach the four-minute mark. In keeping with their insistence that the [b]Velvets[/b] are actually a bigger influence than [b]C86[/b] – a bit like arguing chicken-or-egg with a mouthful of omelette – many are also morbid affairs; as on ‘[b]Beachy Head[/b]’, a blushing hymn to the UK’s favourite suicide spot.
[a]Veronica Falls[/a] 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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