Song of the Day: The Veils – Bloom

photo by Chona Kasinger

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Bloom” by The Veils from their forthcoming EP Troubles of the Brain on Pitch Beast.

The Veils – Bloom (MP3)

After nearly a decade and three full-length albums on Rough Trade, The Veils have decided to start up their own label, Pitch Beast, on which they will release their first EP, Troubles on the Brain on January 24. It’s not surprising that a musician with the all-encompassing talent and ambition of Veils’ singer, songwriter, and shot-caller Finn Andrews has decided to create his own recording outfit. Also not surprising is that the new EP, which was recorded in Andrews’ own London studio with the help of producer Bernard Butler, sounds every bit as unique and inspired as anything the New Zealand-by-way-of-London four-piece released on Rough Trade.

Over the course of their career, The Veils’ music has resembled everything from the grittiness of Nick Cave to the exultant grandiosity of U2. One thing that all of the Veils’ songs have in common, however, is an emotional depth and tenderness that begins and ends with the pure songwriting talent and multi-faceted voice of Andrews. He can take a song in whichever direction he pleases and the result is always fresh and genuine. Today’s featured song, “Bloom,” is no exception. The song begins as nothing put straight, driving indie pop fronted by Andrews’ almost blasé-sounding voice. He sings with a tenderness and resignation that fit perfectly with the song’s central lyric — “She took my hand and now there’s no other” — his tone conveying the sense that there’s nothing else left to do or struggle for.

Behind Andrews’ vocals, the instrumentation plays the part of exemplifying the sneaky, underlying beauty of the song’s sentiment. It builds subtly with the bass deepening as the song begins to bloom, if you will, into a sparkling ambience that sounds as if it might have been created by a chorus of wet fingers tracing around the edges of some wine glasses.

As mentioned, the six-song EP will be released January 24 and hopefully The Veils will hit the road sometime this year (no dates seem to be scheduled as of now). While we’re waiting, here’s the video for their song “The Letter,” a single from their most recent full-length Sun Gangs. You can hear some other songs from their three LPs on their MySpace page, and you can stream three of the six songs from Troubles on the Brain here.

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