As they approach the release of their Illuminated 1989 album, the original 1989 full-length record produced by Cocteau Twins’ Robin Guthrie, trailblazing soul-influenced shoegazers The Veldt announce North American tour dates and also present the single “Aurora Borealis” with Elizabeth Fraser making a cameo appearance on backing vocals towards the end. Complementing this is the B-side remix, created by The Veldt around the turn of the century.
This is the second single from the album, which Guthrie produced in autumn 1989 and has now remastered for vinyl. While intended to be the band’s first album, their label Capitol Records shelved the recording and sent them back into the studio with producer Lincoln Fong (Moose), resulting in their first album released with the title Marigolds.
Earlier, the band released the lead track “The Everlasting Gobstopper” digitally (with a video produced by Jammi York and the late Yuko Sueta) and on vinyl, involving a B-side previously unreleased vinyl exclusive “Joshuu Lullaby”, also recently produced by Guthrie.
Daniel Chavis on their inspiration for “Aurora Borealis”:
“This song is about my brother’s love for his newborn daughter. Written out of high school and dug out around the time the band had started to get noticed. We had written so many, but it was one of the newest pieces that we had begun experimenting. This would signal our departure from being a band that made people dance to a band that made people confused. ‘The Everlasting Gobstopper’ came shortly thereafter and was being finished.
From October through December, The Veldt will be touring many cities and will be performing at Levitation Festival in Austin and Seattle’s KEXP, as well as playing several exclusive dates supporting Violent Femmes.