October 17, 2010
Autumn’s coming/here/never left, and in celebration/comiseration/indifference of that fact, here’s some tunes for your ears while you kick leaves about and go and sniff wood fires and start getting obsessed with cooking stews.
Autumn is a very affecting season on music tastes, with certain tracks and sounds finding their zenith as the temperatures drop. Tattooed Tears from Japan’s Ice Cream Shout was a grower on me, finally becoming a one of my tunes of the year as the first leaves began to fall…
Following on from a track of the year contender, here’s a cut from an album of the year, Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker. Finding themselves both in contrast to and aided by the dream-pop/chillwave sound of current American indie, Australia’s Tame Impala carve ’60s psychedelic productions in to an album that is as original as it is an homage to it’s predecessors.
I came across this track on a compilation celebrating five years of London independant label Moshi Moshi Records (entitled We Got Monkeys: Five Years of Moshi Moshi Records), released back in 2003. Everything about this song is Autumn, from the string samples to the vocal melodies. I’m yet to decide whether there are certain harmonic progressions or other musicological factors in determining a track’s ‘season’, outside of the obvious ‘summer tunes’ steeped in BBQ smoke and heat haze, or their winter equivalents (see Bjork’s Vespertine album for the definitive article here), I guess it’s subjective.
Quite simply the best song ever written with Autumn in the title.
A slice of the real hip-hop from this mid-’90s collaboration, with the feel of Brooklyn in the Autumn time etched deep in to the piano riffs and vinyl-crackle of one of the genre’s finest beat constructers.
A track that’s been doing the blog rounds recently in anticipation of the LA-based Warpaint’s full length debut The Fool, out towards the end of this month. The smooth-edged opening chords and chorus melody slot perfectly in to the theme of this mixup.
Making music that sounds good in the colder months must come naturally to those living in the chillier corners of the planet. Norway’s Röyksopp will be no strangers to many of you, especially with the success of Melody A.M, the album from which this track is taken, a work filled with shivering electro anthems.
And finally another cut from Junip’s Fields album, perhaps the most autumnal track of a hugely autumnal album. See below for a review of Junip’s recent gig at XOYO in London