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Veil Veil Vanish
Category: New Wave
Album: Anthem for a Doomed Youth (Single)
Stars: 4.5
Blurb: A dreamy new wave sound that will make you want to drag out every piece of the ‘80s that you’ve secretly held onto.

 

Sure, Anthem for a Doomed Youth is basically just a five-track remix EP (four remixes of the title track and one bonus song), but it’ll get you hooked. Anyone old enough to appreciate the alternative and new wave greats of the ‘80s will find themselves drowning in nostalgic euphoria and wondering how Robert Smith managed to clone his essence and send it to a kid in San Francisco.

The heart of Veil Veil Vanish’s appeal is the poignant crooning of vocalist Keven Tecon. As the catchy yet simple melody of “Anthem for a Doomed Youth” begins, you are instantly drawn in. Tecon’s voice joins in, earnest, sad, and somehow hopeful; the vocal personification of every moment of angst felt in any young life. The album version is the most straightforward version, with uncluttered instrumentals and a focus on Tecon’s lovely voice. The Cheap Speed remix by Mucho Electro keeps the heart of the song but modernizes it a bit, dropping many of the lyrics in exchange for some dirty distortions that bring the vocals to a more haunted place. The No Wave in Hell remix is similar to the previous mix, but a bit slower, and the Gomorrah remix really takes it to a new place. Keeping the focus on the vocals, Anastasio Dimou adds some Eastern influences and intensifies the drumbeat, making the song feel more like an adventure than a tragedy. No matter what’s done with it, with the perfect combination of lyrical intensity and pop rhythms, every mix of “Anthem for a Doomed Youth” ultimately inspires nostalgic reflection and the need to bounce-dance like it is 1985.

And the gem buried in the middle of all this creamy goodness is “Modern Lust,” a song that could easily be the secret lovechild of Billy Idol and The Cure. After one listen, you’ll find yourself dancing in front of a full-length mirror, brush in hand, singing, “I can’t dance alone. I can’t dance with no one.”

The Anthem for a Doomed Youth single is the perfect introduction to Veil Veil Vanish, a band that has managed to recapture and combine the raw anguish of adolescence and the soul of ‘80s new wave, and bring it to the present without it seeming corny or outdated.

 

Track list:

  1. Anthem for a Doomed Youth (Album Version)
  2. Modern Lust (Album Version)
  3. Anthem for a Doomed Youth (Cheap Speed Remix by Mucho Electro)
  4. Anthem for a Doomed Youth (No Wave In Hell Remix by Mucho Electro)
  5. Anthem for a Doomed Youth (Gomorrah Remix by Anastasia Dimou)

 

Veil Veil Vanish Website http://veilveilvanish.com
Veil Veil Vanish MySpace http://www.myspace.com/veilveilvanish
Veil Veil Vanish Facebook http://www.facebook.com/veilveilvanish
Veil Veil Vanish ReverbNation http://www.reverbnation.com/veilveilvanish
Metropolis Records Website http://www.metropolis-records.com
Metropolis Records MySpace http://www.myspace.com/metropolisrecords

 

Purchase at:
Amazon MP3

 

2010-01-05

 

Charity VanDeberg (CharityV)

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