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The Autumns
The Autumns
Pseudopod Records

With a band like The Autumns, when you haven't heard from them in more than four years, you naturally assume that they are gone the way of the dodo. So, imagine my delight when I received this new The Autumns record for review! One of my favorite post-shoegaze bands was not defunct after all. I was, and am, ecstatic. So where have The Autumns been hiding out, is the next logical question? I don't really have the answer to that, but wherever they have been, they didn't lose their spark for making the kind of music that chills me to the core with happiness. This music is blissful pop perfection. It seems that the band - unknown to me - released an ep entitled Le Carillon in the between time that focused on producing a "50's-flavored pop" sound. The effects of that exercise are very evident on this new release.

The songs on this eponymous release stray quite a bit from the darkness of 2000's In The Russet Gold Of This Vain Hour. The mood is remarkably clearer and a bit more uplifting. This is not to say that gone are the days of dark Autumns songs, but the overall feeling of sadness that tinted former Autumns' records has been replaced with a kind of cautious optimism. Don't mistake this for musical softness though; this record is filled with the same dense walls of guitar and throbbing rhythms that The Autumns have always brought to the table. If in doubt, one listen to "Every Sunday Sky" will surely remove any hint that the Autumns have gone gooey. The song is densely layered in distortion heavy guitars offset by jangling echoey arpeggios of beauty, thick and heavy drums, and the near-painfully emotive vocals that are immediately recognizable from earlier releases. "Désolé" is a perfect example of the effect that writing and recording Le Carillon has had on the music of the band. It is a pleasant song, filled with beautiful harmonies and lighter musical themes.

Back and forth between dense guitars and lighter pop melodies is definitely the order on this release. The airy and tenderly melancholia of "Edmond & Edward" is immediately offset with the thick shoegaze opacity of "The Moon Softly Weeps A Lullaby", which is an exercise in pure Slowdive inspired guitar cacophony. "Cattleys" is a softly moving tune, filled with some beautiful piano and softening tremelo strings. It is a few moments of stark musical beauty.

This new release from The Autumns is sure to appeal to not only those who have always been fans, but should hopefully draw in new crowds… possibly being the catalyst that finally gets the band the attention that they have so long deserved.

-Embo Blake

Track Listing:

1. The End
2. Hush, Plain Girls
3. Deathly Little Dreams
4. Désolé
5. Flies In The Eyes Of The Queen
6. Every Sunday Sky
7. Slumberdoll
8. Edmond & Edward
9. Wish Stars
10. The Moon Softly Weeps A Lullaby
11. Cattleys
12. Wonderfully Wonderful
13. Heartbreak On The Open Seas

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