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Album review: Veronica Falls, Waiting for Something to Happen (Bella Union)


On their second album, this UK quartet conjure a beguiling air of eternal youth in all its charming contradictions, a sunburst of yearning, tedium and expectation.

It's there in its purest form in the chorus to “Teenage”, sung in sylvan boy /girl harmonies that sound like a happier Low. There's a keen appreciation of shifting cultural mores in “Everybody's Changing”, whose protagonist is anxious about being left behind; and teen desire is quirkily explored in “Buried Alive”, where a curious obsession (“I want to get sick, I want to catch everything you've had”) rides the catchiest of melodies.

Download: Tell Me; Teenage; Buried Alive