Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen (3 stars)

Second album of retro pop charged with breezy harmonies and bright guitar lines

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Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen

(Bella Union)

On their second album, like their first, London-based quartet Veronica Falls don’t feel that fully invoking a retro style -- specifically the 80s shambly indie of The Shop Assistants, The Pastels et al (the Scotland connection goes deeper –- Roxanne Clifford and Patrick Doyle were both in Glasgow bands The Royal We and Sexy Kids) –- gets in the way of a good tune. If you feel it does, maybe best avoid.

But don’t judge too quickly –- there’s a doomy shadow cast by their songs sufficient to distance them from, if not their forbears, then at least their feyer peers à la Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Allo Darlin’. On ‘Everybody’s Changing’, Clifford yearns for a guy right down to his germs: ‘I wanna get sick/I wanna catch everything you’ve ever caught’.

You’ve got to appreciate the simple ear-candy of Veronica Falls’ breezy harmonies and bright guitar lines: the pure melody-mainlining ‘Teenage’ is among the finest indie-pop singles of the decade yet, much as it might belong to another decade entirely.

VF play the CCA, Glasgow, Tue 26 Feb.

Veronica Falls - "Teenage" (Official Music Video)

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