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 tracks, 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 Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “Beachy Head” by Veronica Falls from their 2011 self-titled album on Slumberland Records.
Teetering a fine line between dark and shimmering indie-pop, the London by way of Glasgow band Veronica Falls has finally released the long-awaited self-titled debut. Consisting of Roxanne Clifford and James Hoare on vocals and guitar, Marion Herbain on bass guitar and Patrick Doyle on drums and backing vocals, Veronica Falls shares common musical influences like REM and The Velvet Underground, bands with simplistic drumming styles and droney guitars. After some initial setbacks on their debut album, the band essentially started over in recording, teaming up with Ash Workman (Metronomy, The Drums) to flush out their sound and produce the final version. Choosing to record in a live environment as opposed to tracks seemed to be the right formula in obtaining the perfect sound on their new album. With this amazing debut, Veronica Falls has created something timeless and eerily familiar, yet fresh and exciting at the same time. Don’t waste too much time drawing comparisons with the past; the music sounds best with a fresh set of ears.
The band is currently on tour in Europe. You can follow their adventures on their website and you can also enjoy the official video for our featured song “Beachy Head” below: