Waiting For Something To Happen - SLUMBERLAND
FILTER Grade: 75%
By Paula Mejia on March 8, 2013
The charm of Britpop exports has been reverberating through our ears since the heyday of moody masterminds like The Smiths and The Stone Roses. The London-by-way-of-Glasgow outfit Veronica Falls subverts our beloved ’80s indie-pop ballads into blackened bubblegum ditties while remaining irresistible—enchanting, even. The four-piece’s sophomore album, Waiting For Something To Happen, is something both sinister and sweet, dripping with shoegaze guitars and harmonies abound. “So Tired” captures that dizzying, almost sickening feeling of having a huge crush, and “Broken Toy” is the most existential of love songs, where lead singer Roxanne Clifford hums, “I’m broken, too.” Despite their youth and talent, Veronica Falls never lose sight of their own mortality. Tracks such as the standout “Bury Me Alive” manage to both harken the grave and cause a grin to break across your face. We’re not waiting any longer; they’ve won our hearts.