Recorded with Rory Attwell (Male Bonding, The Vaccines), 2013's Waiting For Something To Happen was a bold and deliciously assured leap forward for Veronica Falls which saw the quartet easily throw off the tongue in cheek references to ghostly romances and suicides to elegantly distill the essence of an aimless twenty-something existence – the collective anxieties, tensions and confusion of moving from adolescence into fully fledged adulthood – into a set of immaculately conceived and perfectly wrought pop songs.
Indeed, the emotional through-line, from the title down, is one of slowly coming to terms with the process of growing up and eventually learning to face adult responsibility, of leaving behind the safe haven of "driving late at night, I'll let you listen to the music you like" (as they sing on the dreamy, dewy-eyed "Teenage"), and then searching for a "shooting star to point me in the right direction" ("Shooting Star"). Far from retreading the playful atmosphere of their debut, the band mines a much more rich, emotionally resonant vein, be it weariness with dead end social scenes ("So Tired"), or the fear of your peers leaving you behind before you're ready ("Everybody's Changing").
Musically this album sees the band evolve into a more poised and confident pop entity, the melodies bolder and songs more muscular, as epitomized on spellbinding album opener "Tell Me." So there are deliciously askew pop belters in the form of "Buried Alive" and "Everybody's Changing," but there are also achingly tender moments present too, from the touching love song "Broken Toy" to the gentle reverie "Daniel," which strips the track to its barest essentials – shimmering guitar lines and perfectly harmonized vocals - to perfectly heart rending effect.