From the first moments of “Found Love in a Graveyard” — the creeping ivy riff, the vacant harmonies, and Roxanne Clifford’s positively Bronte-esque refrain of “Clinging to a dream so true/ Falling for a ghost like you” — Veronica Falls’ eponymous album feels like an eerie midnight stroll through an abandoned manor house. Though it’s undoubtedly haunted by the specters of U.K. pop past (their sound blends C86 jangle, Morrissey-approved gloom and ’60s pop romanticism), the memorable melodies and sturdy song craft displayed on standouts like “Bad Feeling,” “Beachy Head” and “Come On Over” made it impossible not to fall for this U.K. four-piece’s promising debut.
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