The Veils – Sun Gangs [Album Review]

by Woody on March 4, 2009

sun gangs

The Veils are back with the release of their third album, Sun Gangs, on the Rough Trade label, which is anticipated to be out on April 7.‚  The Veils are the product of one Finn Andrews, son of a member of XTC, but the music has few similarities to that epic ’80s electronica band.‚  In fact, Andrews’ artistry seems to have been more influenced by the great singer-songwriters, Dylan, Waits and Leonard Cohen.‚  Graham Sutton, whose works include The British Sea Power, amongst others, produced the album.

The album has been described as desolate, romantic and anguished, all of which seem to be appropriate adjectives.‚  At first listen, and much like the predecessor album, this sounds more than a little like Nick Cave and it’s not just the occasional religious imagery in the lyrics.‚  The first track, and in my opinion the best, “Sit Down By The Fire”, is equal parts ballad and anthem and could very well offer up a modern commentary on the state of the world today. “‘Sit Down By The Fire’ is about watching something collapse, and it being quite pretty to look at,” offers Andrews.

Other keepers included the title track and “Killed By The Boom”, which bears the closest resemblance to some of Cave’s work.‚  All three of these songs offer up a rather eclectic mix and lead one to the conclusion that this is indeed an ambitious, if not terribly uplifting, record.‚  Nonetheless, I found it rather enjoyable.

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The Veils – Killed By The Boom

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

oz March 4, 2009 at 9:54 pm

The first track is incredible. Very dramatic and kind of reminds me of The National.

Great cover art also.

Big moe March 26, 2009 at 2:24 am

wow xtc was electronica? had no fuckin idea on that one.

Abuka Fisches February 20, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Leonard Cohen —> Nick Cave —> The Veils

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