For a relatively unknown band, this indie act from Kansas City has done well for itself. In the single year they’ve been together, Veda has traveled coast-to-coast, opened for various mainstream acts and kicked out their first full-length album. The creds are building, yes. But, one listen to their album The Weight of an Empty Room, and you’ll know why they have avid fans: The female lead has a voice so colossal, you’ll be forever intimidated to pick up a karaoke mic.

Although the sounds during most songs on the album are similar, they manage to create a distinct vibe, defining each track. Kristen May’s Evanescence-esque voice is backed by a simple, yet effective electric guitar, creating a surprisingly mellow album.

Although the CD doesn’t seem to have any cuts that will make it to radio, keep your eye out for Veda. The best songs sometimes never make it to the mainstream.

Grade: A

The Weight of an Empty Room is currently available.