Veronica Falls: “Come On Over”
Since 1989, D.C.’s Slumberland Records has established itself as the go-to label for ear-opening indie pop. Old acts like Stereolab have been lionized for decades, and new ones like The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart are quickly moving up the food chain. Recent signee Veronica Falls looks to be the next in line to make a splash with their debut album, due on September 20.
Forming in 2009, the London-based group quickly released a few singles in their native England and here in the States as well. They caught a lucky break with their first show: opening up for the rapidly-rising Pains Of Being Pure At Heart. The British press is certainly known for a bit of overstatement, but their critically adoration of Veronica Falls feels right on the nose when you hear their music.
Like so many of their British forbears (as well as a number of their label mates), this quartet marries sweet pop hooks with a dark, dissonant undercurrent. Album-closer “Come On Over” is a galloping explosion of guitars and girl-guy harmonies. The repeated refrain of “Hey, it’s getting colder/come on over/come on over” shows off the best thing about the group: they’re direct and to the point.