The Veils: Nux Vomica
By Kent Walsdorf
Out of nowhere for some no doubt, this ferocious and exciting album is a follow up to The Veils’ attention grabbing 2004 debut ‘The Runaway Found’, albeit with a complete line-up change. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Launay and mixed in London by Bill Price, the album displays the early maturing song writing talents of frontman Finn Andrews. From the dramatic opening track, Not Yet through to the vulnerable finale House We All Live, the gifted articulation of Andrews’ experiences, ideas and questions is exceptional. Couple that with his intensely stunning voice on tracks like Jesus for the Jugular, the lyrics tear into you and drag you without an alternative into dark and sinister spaces. Musically the album is sonically massive due to the diverse use of instrumentation. The soaring cello on Under The Folding Branches and the piano driven Pan are two indicators of thoughtful arrangements that make any attempt to box The Veils into any one genre increasingly difficult. ‘Nux Vomica’ is a killer. Everything’s exciting, everything’s fresh, everything works. A world-class album.