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Late last year we saw the resurfacing of Minneapolis band autumn, known for their great and gothy post-punk offerings of ’90s era. In fact, The Big Takeover premiered their first single after such a lengthy hibernation.
Now finally, the trio will be offering their new album chandelier via Chicago’s newly-formed Sett Records. Today The Big Takeover has the pleasure of presenting “Beginnings”, the first single from their third full-length. Get ready for some Siouxsie-like atmospherics. mixed in with the awesome and impactful wailings that drove Four Non-Blondes to massive popularity.
Autumn is Julie Plante (vocals), Jeff Leyda (bass), and Neil McKay (guitars). Forming in Minneapolis in 1994, autumn has always sought to create melodies that get the listener to feel something deeply, that have the ability to haunt you in some way after the fact. The band released two albums on Tess Records – the hating tree (1996) and return to the breath (1999), with accompanying tours in support of each album before taking an extended hiatus.
Time, and perhaps fortune, brought them back to the source, each looking to express that nameless feeling that drew them together so many years previous. In 2016, a plan was hatched, and they contacted producer William Faith (Faith and the Muse, Christian Death, The March Violets, The Bellwether Syndicate), who produced autumn’s debut album with the idea to bring the home team back together to produce something new, with a bit of old world charm.
chandelier is the band’s new14-song album, produced by William Faith and released on Sett Records. The album, collected from songs written and developed over a 20-year period, displays an impressive range of mood, style and atmosphere, with Neil McKay’s signature guitars laying melody after haunting melody over the top of Jeff Leyda’s solid and nuanced bass, while Julie Plante’s soaring vocals bind the entire work in place with a powerful lyrical narrative of love, loss, hope and resilience.
Kicking it all off is the uplifting “beginnings” with its psych-pop flavored guitars and insistent beat as Plante’s vocals bring us into the moment: “and here is the only place I want to be, we are near to the earth now.” The album’s single “the fall” shines as ever, delivering on the promise of the album it foreshadowed. ‘from under the waves’ brings a shift in mood and style as the band stretch out into minimal electronica, before ‘damage’ draws us back into that moment of dissolution, when two become one: “but now our dream’s come undone, crashing around me, here comes another one, till all the remains is a life in flame, what does it matter who is to blame?”
The piano and voice ‘just before the storm’ is perhaps the album’s most fragile moment, with Plante allowing herself great vulnerability in a tale of loss and moving on. Lyrics “all my progress comes undone with the sway of the pendulum, but my fears remain” provides a testament to picking yourself up and carrying on in ‘shadowgirl 2’, full of classic British alt-rock guitars and the push-and-pull tension of the bass and drums supporting the lyric to great effect.
‘my last confession’ sparkles with another burst of classic synths and retro-drum machine precision. ‘a vow worth keeping’ erupts with powerful rock guitar energy, adding yet another layer of sonic and stylistic depth to the album, before ‘chandelier’ brings us to the album’s close, at its lyrical zenith of gratitude and hope in the words “we’ll shine for all the world a living chandelier.”
“This release is about transition, both for the band’s sound as well as our personal lives; love, loss, hope. The sound is more refined yet diverse in delivery styles. It appears the band had a few more things left to say, and our voices seem a little more confident this time around,” says bassist Jeff Leyda.
Between the lost promises of summer and the bitter austerity of winter lives the time between; the shorter, pallid days, the dying leaves, the melancholic reflection of time as it passes… This pensive time between has been evoked and pondered in the words of poets ranging from Yeats to Keats, and once again it finds sublime expression in the lush, passionate, melodic, dark pop of autumn.
autumn chandelier will be available on regular online stores and streaming platforms, including their own Bandcamp.
02 The Maiden’s Child
03 The Fall
05 At Summer’s End
06 From Under the Waves
08 Just Before the Storm
09 Shadow Girl 2
11 White Light
12 My Last Confession
13 A Vow Worth Keeping
Julie Plante • Vocals
Jeff Leyda • Bass
Neil McKay • Guitars
All songs written by autumn, except “From Under The Waves” (written by Andrew Davies and autumn)
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by William Faith at Zone Zero Studio, Chicago, IL.
Mastered by Chad Blinman at The Eye Socket, Boston, MA.
Band Photography by Craig VanDerSchaegen
Album Photography & Art Direction by Clovis IV.
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