Album Review: The Veils – Troubles of the Brain EP

By on Monday, 24th January 2011 at 12:00 pm

Words by guest reviewer Richard Judge of I Dream in Colour

I make no secret of my love for the Veils. I first caught them back in 2007 when we shared a bill at XFM’s Outbreak Festival in London and I’ve been infatuated with them ever since. Finn Andrews has the kind of voice you feel could change lives: Hauntingly beautiful, emotionally terrifying. Back from the release of their critically acclaimed album ‘Sun Gangs’ on Rough Trade Records last year and a string of sell-out shows in Europe and North America, the Veils have returned with a new seven-song EP. ‘Troubles Of The Brain’ was recorded over the summer at Andrews’ home studio in London, with the help of producer and one time Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

It opens with the driving of ‘Bloom,’ a song I first heard when Finn played a solo show at Brick Lane’s Cafe 1001 back in September. This is followed by the Bolan-esque ‘Don’t Let The Same Bee Sting You Twice’ and the wonderful ‘The Stars Came Out Once The Lights Went Out’, which has an element of Arcade Fire and demonstrates the Veils’ ability to craft the perfect pop song. The environment in which the EP was recorded gives it a real sense of intimacy. The production is small but interesting, and I love the closeness of the vocals in tracks like ‘Us Godless Teenagers’ and the glorious ‘Grey Lynn Park.’

‘Troubles Of The Brain’ showcases Finn Andrews’ maturing song writing talent and his dexterity to shape a lighter-hearted piece to the Veils’ ever expanding puzzle. But for me this band is all about the drama, and it’s the gritty mandolin led ‘The Wishbone’ and self produced closer ‘Iodine and Iron’ that highlight the Veils at their melancholic best. Hauntingly beautiful, emotionally terrifying stuff. Bravo.


The Veils’ ‘Troubles of the Brain’ EP is out today on Rough Trade. Richard Judge is a singer/songwriter and is lead singer/ guitarist of Hertsfordshire/Essex band I Dream in Colour.

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