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The Autumns

Le Carillon
Absolom



The Autumns
Covers
Absolom


The Autumns make music thatís right up my alley. Their combination of lush guitar textures and subtle pop sensibility make The Autumns next in line to sit on the throne that has been occupied by bands like Cocteau Twins, Red House Painters and Departure Lounge, among others. Itís no wonder that Twin Simon Raymonde found the band intriguing enough to produce their debut LP and to use them as a backing band for his own solo meanderings. While the band gears up for a new album release later in the year (more on that to come in the next couple of months), Canadian label Absolom Recordings have issued two unique EPs displaying the range of The Autumns sound.

Le Carillon is a wonderful collection of ethereal pop tunes with a decidedly Ď50ís slant. Iím not talking about a rockabilly feel, but a soothing updated stroll through the terrain of good olí "hold your lover close and dance" tunes. "Thieves In Blue" begins with a shimmering guitar line over a slight swing infected beat. The guitars arenít as swirly and claustrophobic as the Twins made famous, instead relying on tone for the effect. One can just imagine a guy with a pompadour playing a big old fat Gretch. This isnít "throwback" music though. Matthew Kellyís airy and versatile voice floats effortlessly above the sparse landscape without attempting to mimic the past. Dreamy is the ultimate word for this tune. Their keen sense of melody and pop structure make "Quite" a fantastic number. Kellyís voice defines the melody, while the guitars and a subtle, yet commanding, drum progression help the song move along. The song also uses a perfectly harmonized backing vocal and lush violin to fill out the mix. Definitely the poppiest tune on the record. The title to "Slow Kiss" describes the next track to a tee. Kelly again ebbs and flows between a smooth croon and an emotional higher-register without forcing it. Again, Kelly and Frankie Koroshecís guitar lines weave and entwine themselves around another slow swing inspired groove held down by the rhythm section. Grab your girl and hold her for all sheís worth, I say. Rounding out this first EP is "She Whispers The Winter Snow", another tune emphasizing their pop trademarks. The chorus refrain sends tingles up my spine every time I hear itóI think itís that combination of Kellyís emotive voice and those tastefully roaming guitars. Le Carillon is an EP that is over far too soon.

The second EP, Covers, is a nifty little limited edition CD-3 that is part of a "subscription based series of releases" from Absolom Recordings. This rare little gem contains obscure covers that display other angles of this diverse, yet focused band. First to be covered are Lift To Experience and their tune "With The World Behind". Iím not familiar with the original to offer a side by side comparison. This tune sets the standard for the entire EP with a lonely sounding acoustic guitar and subdued delivery. Kellyís impassioned voice wraps itself around every word, creating a tension that is absent from a lot of tempered acoustic tunes. If you thought that Morrissey piled a bunch of emotion and sorrow in the masterwork "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want", you have a pleasant surprise in this version. They slow the tune down a bit more, and Kellyís desperate tone takes the song to another level of longing. The guitar leads are reverb laden and soar effortlessly over the piano that leads the tune along. Backing vocals from an un-listed female vocalist only bolster his yearning reading of the lyrics. Superb! Underground songwriting hero Nick Drake is given his due on their reading of "Time Of No Reply". The mood of the EP holds steadfast as spacey keyboard and distant vocals lightly shade wistful acoustic guitar. Drums appear on this cover, and they lead the charge into a noise-infected climax that is used for emphasis instead of annoyance. To conclude this collection, the Twin Peaks number "Just You And I" comes oozing out of your speakers. Sounding as if it could have come from the Le Carillon sessions, The Autumns bring back that Fifties slow-dance sound with the slow waltz beat along with those twinkling guitars. The bit of slide they use for emphasis is the perfect match to the mood and is just enoughóany more would have ruined it. This EP is primed for late-night listening with your favorite bottle of wine, candles and your closest gal.

These two disks are musts for anyone into slow ethereal groove music. Being one of my favorite genres, they spoke immediately to me and shot right to the heart of the shoegazer that still lurks within. If the tracks on these disks are any indication of what lies ahead on the full-length record, then you will be hearing more of The Autumns in the future.

ó tom topkoff

Track Listings:

Le Carillon

  1. Thieves In Blue
  2. Quite
  3. Slow Kiss
  4. She Whispers The Winter Snow

Covers

  1. With The World Behind
  2. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
  3. Time Of No Reply
  4. Just You And I

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