The Runaway Found





Music is in Finn Andrews of The Veilsí blood. The son of Barry Andrews of XTC and Shreikback fame, Finn has been surrounded by music all his life, but he didnít take to it until moving back to New Zealand in his mid-teens. By 18, he was back in London and writing full time. At nineteen, he wrote The Runaway Found. This is an amazing album, one whose quality is high and sounds greatly varied. Finnís voice is a skyscraping anomaly, soaring one minute and gravelly the next, all the while sounding completely unlike all vocal predecessors. Musically, his bandís debut is equally all over the map. Melancholy pervades through many tracks, like ìVicious Tradition,î ìThe Nowhere Man,î and ìThe Valley Of New Orleans,î but guitar-pop angles are evident on album opener ìThe Wild Son,î its ë80s indie pop roots shining through. Bernard Butler of Suede produced two tracks on the album and one of which, ìGuiding Light,î is one of the most rocking on the album, Butler evidently enjoying the raucous guitars paired with Finnís fragile voice. ìMore Heat Than Lightî rocks, too, and the sweeping and chiming uptempo romp of ìThe Tide That Left And Never Came Backî takes The Veils in yet another very interesting direction. Aspects of Verve, Coldplay, and The Smiths can be found adding their own stamp on The Runaway Found, but itís Finn and his voice box that really are the stars in The Veils galaxy.

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