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The Veils-Sun Gangs-Album Review

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Earl Ho
Earl Ho

 One thing is for sure when listening to the 3rd offering from the Kiwi led quartet, The Veils, is that the song writing abilities of Finn Andrews continues to burn strong and his lyric writing even stronger. On the opener "sit down by the fire" we hear  Andrews faintly sings, "my father's singing in the falling leaves about the complicated beauty of a river run dry"; while in "Sun Gangs" he gets philosophical and ponders the nature of death, "Some say you'll never be gone forever, some say there's music where you go" and my favorite line in "the letter",  "go wash your heart in the river till the water runs clear".

The first single "The Letter" is the most accessible song in the album, therefore, an obvious choice for a first single. It seems that Finn is surrendering to an unchangeable mind of a lover as he pleads, "I know i know I know, you've failed to change your mind", and the letter she has written symbolizes that her mind is made up. The song  wonderfully exemplifies there sound as they incorporate the pleasures of a pop song with it's catchy riff and melody, amongst a heartbreaking subject matter of breaking up, although it may be considered a cliche, the Veils put it across in the very least bit cheesy, but, more poetic as with summoning the spirit of the romantic poet John Keats.
 
His voice is remains a major factor in their sound and on this album he uses it well. There are epic moments scattered throughout the album in the anthemic songs such as, "Three Sisters", and seems to work well with a belting Finn Andrews in the higher parts of his vocal register and the lower register is used beautifully to express his grief. Grief seems to be a theme that runs through the album as if Andrews is swimming in the bitter end of love that one would expect from a heartbreaking end to a relationship.

The mood of the album is lightened up with the up beat "killed by the boom" with starts with discordant and syncopated guitar riff and quickly shifts into a highly percussive reliant verse which sees a fragile and yelping Finn Andrews with a big reverberated guitar sound which storms in to the chorus. This track seems to be the black sheep of the album, however, still fits in effortlessly among the other slower tracks possibly due to it's big guitar sound in the chorus that re appear elsewhere in the album.

"It hits deep" is a slow builder with a familiar melody which starts with a bass heavy drum beat which sounds kind of techno, as if it will slowly regain the highs and go into a cliche dance beat, but, it's not the case here. Here it slowly builds up and almost prematurely the drums go out introducing a strumming acoustic guitar and    organ which marks the chorus with the melody remaining quite the same but with the added instruments, backing vocals and the line "it hits deeper" we are able to differentiate greatly. The way the band interweaves the many different guitar tracks throughout the songs makes this song and the other more guitar driven songs all the more interesting to listen to.

The sound of the guitars are amazing, especially on the 8 minute epic "Larkspur" where it seems at some parts the guitars are moments before they break out in to a shrieking feedback but fleet away before they do so, creating almost symphonic undertones which compliments the dark and bleak nature of the music. These guitar undertones can be heard in many of the tracks, unless in fact these sounds are not guitars but something else, however, if they are I congratulate them on capturing such a great guitar sound for an eerie background sound.

The third album shows Finn Andrews still going strong as a great songwriter hypnotizing the listener with the often honest, emotional and poetic lyrics upon simple and elegant melodies; and with great production to boot. The Veil's third album Sun Gangs is a intriguing listen that'll make you want to listen again and again.

8/10

Heres the video for their  single "The Letter"...

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