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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
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Halcyon Digest
4AD
No Age - Everything in Between
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Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
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Konichiwa
The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Lisbon
Fat Possum
The Veils
Nux Vomica
Rough Trade

Rating: 9/10 ?


May 15, 2007
In the music business, having a relative with established success is a sure-fire way for a musician to garner an immediate buzz. This is certainly the case for The Veils' frontman Finn Andrews, whose father Barry was a founding member of the highly touted group XTC, but it should also be noted that a certain amount of skepticism is also inherent with the promise of pedigreed* sons, as the cynic will always second-guess the legitimacy and worthiness of such attention. After a few listens to Nux Vomica, the band's second full-length, it's quickly apparent that The Veils won't soon be heading down the spiral path of Julian Lennon. In fact it is a shame the father figure angle is given any attention other than a footnote, because Andrews and company have created one of the most exciting and substantial records so far this year.

The strongest and most obvious trump card in the band's repertoire is Andrews' vocal prowess. His fascinating delivery runs the gamut from demented shriek ("Jesus for the Jugular") to stern reflection ("Advice for Young Mothers to Be") to quiet desperation ("Under the Folding Branches"). Luckily for us, the eccentric vocals are paired with sharp and biting lyrics. "No man alive has earned the right to save me," Andrews growls on "Young Mothers," shunning salvation in a mid-tempo pop song cribbed from the best of Bowie.

Galloping alongside Andrews' wail is Nux Vomica's ubiquitous piano. Utilized as a repetitious mantra device or a faintly present mood setter, the instrument is an essential eerie accompaniment to Andrews' unpredictable howl. "Pan" perfectly showcases the band's ability to incorporate accessible pop with sinister atmospherics; a bouncy piano figure starts off the groove, eventually escalating into a complete frenzy intensified by otherworldly background "ooohhs," and Andrews screeching the line "You ain't nothin' but a child!"

It's a shame the band hasn't received more notice thus far, but judging from the immediacy of the songs on Nux Vomica The Veils' time in the shade is about to pass.

*The word "pedigreed" was supplied by the critical eye of loyal reader Brook L. Long.

Reviewed by Kelly Johnson
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