The Veldt ‘Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose’ Review: North American Shoegazers wow on new EP featuring contributions from Cocteau Twins Robin Guthrie and more.
“Soulgaze” pioneers The Veldt have had a flurry of activity in 2017, from the worldwide release of their 2016 Ep The Shocking Fuzz of Your Electric Fur: The Drake Equation Mixtape E.P. to their Record Store Day release 7″ single Symmetry/Soul Grind 7.”
And the group are finishing up the year on another high note with Thanks to the Moth and Areanna Rose, a six-song E.P. out November 10th on sonaBLAST! Records.
It’s another sumptuous aural feast as only the group can deliver, featuring contributions from frequent collaborators including dream pop pioneers Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) and A.R. Kane.
The opening track The Color of Love is Blue features gorgeous church bell guitars that befit Guthrie’s influence–it’s one of the group’s most infectious tracks that gets things off to an excellent start.
Frontman Daniel Chavis’ chiming falsetto is displayed to excellent effect throughout the album, from the R&B/post-punk hybrid Black and Blue to the goth-tinged ballad Fit To Be Tied featuring a sing along chorus: Sad movies always make me cry–the way you carry on your fit to be tied.
What makes The Veldt so impressive is their mix of experimentation and melody. They never sacrifice one for the other, making tracks that are accessible yet always push the envelope, from the genre-defying tapestry of Camus to the show-stopping finale I Like Way The You Talk, which conjures the ghost of Prince amidst its intoxicating mix of soul and psychedelia.
The Veldt will be touring this month with New Wave icons Modern English for a host of East Coast dates. These new songs should sound amazing live, so if you can go see them, you should!
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