Here the emphasis is on a highly propulsive 60s garage sound, which is then muted with a dash of 90s atonality; goth-slanting lyrics on love and death; hook-ridden, contemporary feeling female dream-pop vocals (think A Sunny Day In Glasgow), rich folk rock-flavored male backing vocals, and indulgent levels of late-era Velvet Underground / Galaxy 500 Ostrich guitar.
Despite the number of influences being blended, it all comes together effortlessly...producing a clean, straightforward, simple sound that while feeling of a piece with much of the surf punk we've all heard recently, is graciously delivered with none of that no-fi nonsense that's been diminishing album after album over the last few years.
Otherwise, there's not much else to say.
Though it contains no A+ track, Veronica Falls is a very solid evocation of one specifically constructed sound.
Give a song or two a listen.
I can guarantee if you like one, you'll probably end up liking them all.
Status: Solid Recommend
Cherry Picker's Best Bets: Found Love In A Graveyard, Right Side Of The Brain ,Stephen, Beachy Head.
Here's the official video for the album's punkiest tune, Beachy Head.
2. Right Side Of My Brain - 8
11. Veronica Falls - 7