Waiting for Something to Happen by Veronica Falls on Apple Music

14 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

After their joyous self-titled debut album, Veronica Falls return with a slightly modified second album, Waiting for Something to Happen. The guitars now integrate with greater precision, and the vocals blend with assurance. Like a harder-rocking Camera Obscura, Veronica Falls balance sweet, wispy pop and peppy retro-rock, all twee and free. The title track flows like a tune by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, with an extra Byrds-like jangle. "Tell Me" recalls the lithe '60s pop of The Free Design matched with the chug of early R.E.M. The ballad "Daniel" breaks on through like a basement demo seeing the light of day. For some, the inspired amateurism of Veronica Falls' debut might be missed. However, this isn't far removed. Roxanne Clifford's guileless lead vocals bring a sweet vulnerability to "If You Still Want Me," and being (vocally) chased by the guys in the band adds a playful tension. Most importantly, Waiting for Something to Happen shows that guitar pop is far from dead.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After their joyous self-titled debut album, Veronica Falls return with a slightly modified second album, Waiting for Something to Happen. The guitars now integrate with greater precision, and the vocals blend with assurance. Like a harder-rocking Camera Obscura, Veronica Falls balance sweet, wispy pop and peppy retro-rock, all twee and free. The title track flows like a tune by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, with an extra Byrds-like jangle. "Tell Me" recalls the lithe '60s pop of The Free Design matched with the chug of early R.E.M. The ballad "Daniel" breaks on through like a basement demo seeing the light of day. For some, the inspired amateurism of Veronica Falls' debut might be missed. However, this isn't far removed. Roxanne Clifford's guileless lead vocals bring a sweet vulnerability to "If You Still Want Me," and being (vocally) chased by the guys in the band adds a playful tension. Most importantly, Waiting for Something to Happen shows that guitar pop is far from dead.

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2:51
2:23
2:31
3:07
3:07
2:59
2:48
2:58
2:47
2:00
1:56
3:59
2:47

About Veronica Falls

Sexy Kids bandmates Roxanne Clifford and Patrick Doyle teamed up with James Hoare of Your Twenties (whom they met, in true indie pop fashion, at a Comet Gain show) and their friend Marion Herbain to form Veronica Falls in 2009. Similar to Sexy Kids, Veronica Falls' pop-oriented, reverb-kissed tunes were rooted in mid-'80s influences like the Shop Assistants and the Chills but also found them in line with noisy, poppy contemporaries like Grass Widow and Vivian Girls. Their first two singles ("Found Love in a Graveyard" and "Beachy Head") were released in 2010 by Captured Tracks and garnered plenty of positive reviews. Their first album was recorded with Guy Fixsen (who worked with My Bloody Valentine and Moose in the '80s), and Ash Workman (who worked with 2010s groups like Metronomy and Summer Camp), the end result sounding like a perfect blend of the eras. Preceded by the single "Bad Feeling" in August of 2011, Veronica Falls was released in September of that same year on Slumberland in the U.S. and Bella Union in the E.U. After touring the world for most of the year, the band returned to the airwaves in November of 2012 with a new single "Teenage." They followed it up in early 2012 with the release of the Rory Attwell (Male Bonding, the Vaccines) co-produced album Waiting for Something to Happen. ~ Margaret Reges

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