a future perfect
Autolux are not concerned with the retro new-wave rewind. They are much more interested in continuing to live in the bright dark ages of the late-80s / early-90s shoegaze-noizerock scene. And I say this with as much admiration and love as possible, those were formative years for me and those bands will remain among my favorites for my entire life. Formed from the ashes of Ednaswap and Failure, their buzz has been building in So-Cal and beyond and the unlikely pairing with producer T-Bone Burnett has produced a gem of a debut LP.
'Turnstile Blues' starts like a march but soon lurches into Bardo's thick-ass pond, yet still somehow manages to have room for some syrupy smooth Ivy-esque vocals in the mix. 'Blanket' begins like a Goo out-take and rips into a lovely shriek that wouldn't sound out of place from Medicine, the 90s project of evil genius Brad Laner. 'Plantlife' could very well be off some long lost MBV EP, but its not. We all know Kevin Shields gave up long ago. At a recent live show opening up for the Raveonettes, they completely blew my wig off with their waves of blissful feedback, a feat seldom occuring in this day and age, much less from a power trio.
Autolux - Turnstile Blues
Autolux - Blanket
Autolux - Plantlife