It’s been seven years since Tim Burton and David Lynch favorites The Veils’ last studio album Total Depravity, and Finn Andrews has followed that with …And Out Of The Void Came Love. It arrives as the result of a “tumultuous period of injury, isolation and new life” and lands on March 3rd, 2023. The single and video for “Time” are out now, a song written in lockdown in New Zealand.
Andrews comments on the single:
The song was written during the first lockdown in New Zealand a few years back when it felt as though we all simultaneously became aware of the presence and passing of time in a way we had possibly never experienced before. The words have a mantra-like quality which I think is the result of me walking back and forth in my flat and losing my mind a bit like that mad polar bear at the zoo.
The accompanying vintage video is made of found footage taken on the main street in San Francisco only three days before the disastrous great earthquake in 1906.
Following the release of Total Depravity, Andrews released a solo album and began a worldwide tour. One night he broke his wrist on stage. Continuing the tour without seeking help proved a very bad move, which lead to complications with his wrist bones.
Finn’s convalescence meant a lengthy hiatus from touring, so he stayed at home and wrote songs. The result of all these years of questioning and confinement was the new double album, which is intended to be listened to in two sittings with a short break in the middle, or as Andrews instructs:
Make a coffee or smoke a cigarette – but don’t mow the lawn or go to the movies or something, that takes too long.
Composer Victoria Kelly’s string arrangements play an integral role in bringing the songs to life, as do musicians Cass Basil (bass), Dan Raishbrook (lap steel, guitar), Liam Gerrard (piano), Joseph McCallum (drums) the NZTrio and special guests The Smoke Fairies on backing vocals.