Lush. Dreamy. Serene. Chilling. Those are just some of the words that come to
mind when trying to describe Change in
the Neon Light, the phenomenal and striking debut album by Veil Veil
latest dark gem to rise from the music underground. It’s no shock that this
band will be compared to The Cure. For starters, lead man Keven Tecon’s vocals
definitely echo Robert Smith, only more powerful and less whimpery. It’s a fair
and totally legit comparison, not to mention a compliment, only The Cure hasn’t
made an album this good since the mid ‘80s.
title track “Change in the Neon Light” sets the tone with saturated guitars,
beautiful synths, and mesmerizing walls of sound. It’s one of those songs that
immediately sweeps you off your feet and has you drifting into bliss. It’s not
often that albums open up with mellow tracks, but ones produced as well as this
captivate you and pack a subtle punch and set the mood for what’s to come. And
what does come is something that borders perfection.
supersonic “Anthem For a Doomed Youth” kicks things into high gear with its
catchy chorus killer guitar. “Exile City”
is equally infectious with a melody that will get trapped in your head for
days, but it’s the pulse-pounding “Modern Lust” that injects a little bit of a
dark wave influence. It’s insanely catchy, dancy, menacing and has these wicked
layers of synths that soar and teleport you back to an ‘80s club dance floor.
The band would be crazy to not make this a single.
come to a close with the chilling and eerie “The Wilderness”—a track that’s
like hybrid of The Cure’s “A Forest” and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Land’s End.” A gorgeous yet haunting number you want to
turn off the lights to, it’s the perfect closer and bookend track to its
opener. By the time you get to the halfway point of the album, you have a
realization that this album is some sort of masterpiece. It’s equally strong
from beginning to end and never disjointed. At just 9 tracks and just shy of 39
minutes, the album’s only flaw is that it ends too soon and leaves your senses
craving for more. It’s a dreamy and atmospheric album that’s never
over-produced and trying to be something that it’s not. Sure, the band may
musically resemble The Cure, early The Ocean Blue (“Between Something and
Nothing”), Slowdive and even The Killers is some ways, but they are no cheap
imitation—in fact, they may even be destined to be greater than those bands.
Veil Veil Vanish is certainly a band to keep a close eye on.
Standout Tracks: “Change in the Neon Light,”
“Anthem For a Doomed Youth,” “Exile
City,” Modern Lust,” “The
Wilderness” GIL MACIAS