Wildcard (week 50):
The Veils – No Limit Of Stars

For most people, December is Melancholy Month. Mentally, but musically as well. That explains why so many ballads are being released during this month. Personally, Iโ€™m not a big sucker for ballads. But thereโ€™s nothing wrong with a bit of melancholy. However, I prefer upbeat songs with a touch of melancholy. Thatโ€™s where The Veilsโ€™ new single comes inโ€ฆ

Iโ€™ve been a The Veils fan ever since their earliest output, in 2002. The band is fronted by Finn Andrews, the son of Barry Andrews (of XTC and Shriekback fame). Theyโ€™ve released five albums so far, with ever growing gaps between consecutive albums. The Veilsโ€™ latest long-player came out in August 2016. Record #6, a double album called โ€ฆAnd Out Of The Void Came Love, will finally see the light on 3 March 2023. Andrews says about it: โ€œIt is difficult to articulate quite what a strange 6 years it’s been since The Veils last put out a record, but it’s all in these songs. They are songs of loss, songs of anger and isolation, and songs of love.โ€

Following first single Undertow, No Limit Of Stars is the second track to be released ahead of the new album. Andrews sounds like a younger version of Nick Cave on it. Despite that, thanks to a light piano motif, swinging drums and a driving bass line, it sounds like a carefree song. Lyrically however, it ponders on the themes of the upcoming record: โ€˜the certainty of death, the power of new life, and the dizziness of contemplating your place in an unknowably vast cosmosโ€™.

No Limit Of Stars by The Veils is the new Carte Blanche Music Wildcard. That means itโ€™ll feature prominently at the top of the blog for a whole week.

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