The Veils
Time Stays, We Go


3.8
excellent

Review

by Rudy K. STAFF
May 5th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 04/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hope I don't go till I felt everything.

The Veils came up in the One Tree Hill-era, a time for fashionable indie, with the prerequisite “the” and the handsome, steely-eyed frontman, but their music possessed a far darker, more cracked heart than most of their one-and-done contemporaries. Given the band’s upheaval over the years, the credit for maintaining this captivatingly cinematic ethos has to go to Finn Andrews, he of the Jeff Buckley affectations and Nick Cave influences and incisive songwriting chops to match. 2006’s Nux Vomica remains the overlooked classic of the past decade, a roiling storm of emotional baggage and baroque pop songwriting that perfectly married Andrews’ fire-and-brimstone vocal approach with an expansive palette of post-punk and widescreen indie rock. The subsequent shrug of indifference from the mainstream music press and the band’s resulting attempts to stay relevant have occasionally dulled Andrews’ serrated edges, the combustibility that has made him one of the great frontmen in indie, and in turn 2009’s Sun Gangs merely sounded like an attempt at recapturing lightning in a bottle. Lucky for fans of the band, then, that Time Stays, We Go attempts no such facsimile. Recorded in Los Angeles, a far cry from the band’s native New Zealand and current base of London, their fourth record prefers to languish in its own unique headspace, unfurling a dusty, torn portrait of desert living and harsh climes, Andrews finally sounding relaxed and in control in an audioscape that is warm and bloody and very, very Veils.

Time Stays, We Go succeeds when it embraces the happy medium between Andrews’ bruised vocals and the record’s rollicking, surprisingly lush instrumentation. Andrews is more restrained here than he has been in years; where earlier records would find Andrews often oscillating between a measured hum and a tortured scream within the same word, here he more at ease in his role as storyteller, able to achieve that sort of mystic vibe without telegraphing his intentions. When he does allow himself to run off the rails, as on “Dancing With The Tornado,” he sounds curiously out of sorts, a man playing a part he is no longer fully invested in. As a result, the song sounds like a lesser imitation of past classics, a problem that comes up too in the overly measured tones and playacting theatrics of the lethargic “Candy Apple Red” or the plodding, redundant “Sign Of Your Love.” Contrast those parts of Time Stays, We Go that get lost in overcast atmosphere or rehashed songwriting with those that combine the best of the Veils’ masterful command of tension and release and Andrews’ considerable charisma. Opener “Through the Deep, Dark Wood” is downright incendiary, a convulsive, engaging bit of loss that segues nicely into the appropriately capacious “Train With No Name.” That latter is a fine example of just what Time Stays, We Go does so well; namely, putting the focus behind Andrews’ compelling voice and his muscular guitar work. It’s a careful drawing, a windswept picture that calls to mind empty roads and emptier towns.

Things coalesce nicely in the latter half where the Veils’ strengths – pop melodies dirtied with a hint of gothic romanticism, ballads dressed in black, Andrews’ singing equal parts apocalyptic and country fair – combine seamlessly into the band’s best sequence since Nux Vomica. No band does simultaneously jaunty and dark as well as the Veils, as “Turn From The Rain” and the ornate, tragic “Another Night On Earth” prove, and while “Birds” might be dramatic and overwrought, it’s hard not to get caught up in its silly, esoteric little bit of fancy. And “Out From The Valley & Into The Stars” – everything the Veils have made their own, creeping melancholy dressed up into a crescendo of a catharsis, tinges of the old world and the new and blessedly, refreshingly honest. It’s hard to tell whether the Veils will ever match the heights they reached in their mid-00s heyday, but with Time Stays, We Go, that question is pretty much a moot point. This record is brooding and shadows, joy and smirks, a blood-red dusk on a quiet desert evening; all emotion and sparkling instrumentation, confident of where it wants to go and even surer on how to get there. The Veils remain who they are, and that means they stay whatever Finn Andrews, all vinegar and unbridled creativity and that meteor of a personality, wishes them to be. All things considered, this isn’t such a bad place to be.



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TMobotron
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2013


7106 Comments


I've never really checked these guys out but I remember thinking their track Lavinia was the absolute shit. I'll have to try to give this a listen when I get time.

Sweet review BTW, can tell you're really into them.

EaglesBecomeVultures
May 5th 2013


5234 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

year of the burning house album cover

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2013


10413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

thanks mobotron, def check out nux vomica

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tommygun
May 5th 2013


24931 Comments


sweet review pos for one tree hill reference

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Polyethylene
May 5th 2013


3084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Sucks

Polyethylene
May 5th 2013


3084 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Nux Vomica is real cool though

klap
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2013


10413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

sucks is pretty strong, i def like this more than sun gangs. agreed it doesn't stand up to their first two, though

Winesburgohio
May 5th 2013


1030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is real good i think, it may not stand up to Nux but i imagine making an album of that kind must be pretty gruelling, it really was a one-off. Cool new direction.

Also; seeing them in July yessss best live band

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klap
Staff Reviewer
May 5th 2013


10413 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

just saw them last week on this tour. first time i've seen them sooo ace. still wish i had been able to catch them on their nux vomica tour

Winesburgohio
May 5th 2013


1030 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shit was deranged

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2013


23816 Comments


just 5'd Nux Vomica. I'll get to this later but for now I am in heaven.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
May 5th 2013


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Schweet review. This will probs end up a 3.5 for me.

Seeing them in July in London. So pumped.

mallen-
May 5th 2013


1235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Best thing they've done since Nux Vomica

Romulus
May 5th 2013


8434 Comments


holy shit it's mike allen!

Gyromania
May 5th 2013


15701 Comments


that summary, hell yes.

great review as per usual and agreements all round

skoopy48
May 5th 2013


1499 Comments


I seriously thought shipwreck in the sand had been featured for a second

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ashn0ted
May 6th 2013


15 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

On par with, if not better than, Nux Vomica

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
May 6th 2013


1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, um nah.

jefflebowski
May 6th 2013


8242 Comments


album cover totally reminds me of fIREHOSE

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fromtheinside
May 6th 2013


18203 Comments


you are so amazing rudy. i don't usually do this over the internet but will you marry me?

(side note:album cover reminded me of about 4 diff posthxc bands' albums in the last 2 months.)

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