Dark, crooning vocals and a continuously building, swooning soundscape are the most outstanding elements of The Veils‘ new release ‘Undertow’. The new single by the indie rock outfit is the first to be released from the band’s upcoming album which has been six years in the making. They are living up to the expectations with this dark and melancholic sound.
Singer songwriter Finn Andrews expands on the process behind the album: “In the year before I started writing this album, I really didn’t think I’d ever write another album again. I was done. I’d irreparably broken my wrist on stage. Then this song came shimmying down the drainpipe, and it really seemed to be willing me to carry on. It is, embarrassingly enough, a song about writing songs, written at what I admit was a pretty low ebb for me emotionally. Both my parents are writers, and though I am grateful to it for the life it continues to afford me, it is a complex genetic inheritance.”
The emotion and struggle is sensible from start to finish and gives the song its extra depth, as well as relevance. With a broken wrist, how would you write a song? “I was in a cast and couldn’t use my right hand. I sang the melody lines, then recorded the right hand piano part, then the left hand part. It might have been an interesting, avant-garde process if it wasn’t also just profoundly annoying.” Well, don’t they say struggle makes for the best art? Because musically, this certainly is a high for The Veils!