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The Veldt – the drake equation mixtape/ep

The Veldt snow - photo credit Ed Marshall

Soulful Shoegazers The Veldt are back… but maybe in a different creative light that fans of old, from the 90’s may remember them by.

The North Carolina’s take you on a trip hop trip down a psychedelic rabbit hole filled with f*ck off speakers projecting a wall to wall soundscape of ambient, soothing, hall reverbed vocals. Some of the falsetto will have you question if Daniel Chavis has to wrap an elastic band around his b*ll*cks to hit such compelling and astounding notes throughout the EP, followed by a slight insight into the cranium of Danny Chavis (Twin Brother, in case you were wondering) with his hypnotic, tension building, chorus filled, epic wishy washy, tremolo infused guitar tones that set the mood throughout. All the while accompanied by some tastefully syncopated, deep pounding electronic drum grooves and programming from Mr. Hayato Nakao.

Sanctified – Kicks off TSFOYEF:TDE with a lovely suspense filled crescendo, a cool, mid-tempo drum pattern cocktailed with some mysterious tornado riff’s … I was already encapsulated in the musical journey I was about to be taken upon. Suddenly an unsure vocal appears and just as quickly as it came in, it rises into a very comfortable falsetto range for Daniel. The very light vocal struggle only shows the evolutionary humanistic path that The Veldt have been on for 25 years or so now.

In A Quiet Room is possibly my favorite track off the EP. I listened to this song about 15 to 20 times when I first received The Veldt’s music. Such a cool drone-y bass sound with some beautiful vocal embellishments and balls out controlled guitar madness.

… However, if the song wasn’t called ‘In A Quite Room’, I wouldn’t have a f*cking clue what the vocalist is saying in the chorus.

Actually I’m not 100% what Daniel is saying half the time to be honest, but he’s got such a chimerical tone to his singing that you don’t really give a shite. “A Smooth Soothing Song for the Soul.”

Followed by A Token; This f*cking drum groove man!! That was me hooked from the get go but that may be a tad biased of me, being a drummer and all!  I found that once I had gotten used to the drum groove, the guitar was the main dynamic carrying this particular song. A Token could have ended nicely around the 3:30 mark or so but The Veldt were seemingly having too much fun and said ‘F*ck That! Here’s a little bit more for yah!!’

One Day Out of Life didn’t do much for me melodically, but once again there is enough guitar swoon in there to keep you hooked.

Finally, And Its You, a spacey orgasmic whirlwind of guitar effects with deep warbling bass tones, fronted by a very compassionate and soulful vocal that makes for a serene amalgamation of sounds to finish off the EP. However, sorry lads… Around the mid to end of And Its You an oddly placed polyrhythmic percussion had me questioning if my TV outside of my earphones was too loud and clashing with what I was listening too, sadly, it wasn’t the TV. This, of course, is nothing major but because it was slightly off-putting to me, it had me focusing on the questionable, almost “tripping over itself” rhythm, going in the background and in correspondence to that, I found myself drifting away from the song nearer the end. But in saying that if all I can pick out is merely a pointless (at the end of the day) counter rhythm in an otherwise brilliant song, then maybe I’m just picking out something for the sake of picking something out… You decide!!

As a first time listener of ‘The Veldt’, I am delighted to say to them that YOU have a new fan in me. Thank you for the epic back-catalogue of fantastically written songs… You may have been ahead of the 90’s, but let’s hope this is finally YOUR time.

Review by – Callum McAdam
Photo and music video by – Ed Marshall

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