August 1st, 2010
LA based Autolux second album, Transit Transit, comes out Tuesday on TBD Records. And for those of you who have been waiting patiently since 2004, when their first album, Future Perfect, came out don’t worry, the wait was worth it. Like a fine wine, this bands fermentation did not change their over-all style and sound, however, it did mature it. (Yea, you like that analogy) The stand out aspects of the band’s sound from Future Perfect to Transit Transit is really the progression of the manipulation of sounds. Its bolder and has more of a dynamic sound that sets Autolux apart from the other shoegazing bands that are usually listed amongst their genre peers.
Transit Transit has a real dreamy quality about it. I would put this album on in the background for some nice ambiance or I would listen to it in the foreground when I was looking to be in a certain mood. I appreciate the simplicity of the three member line-up but each having their own standout ability. You can hear each instruments progression separately, yet in the collective and it works so well together like perfect harmony. I got so much from each song, I wanted to draw comparisons from all across the board. My favorite was, of course, the well known Audience No. 2, in which I felt a kindling to Sunny Day Real Estate. Another stand-out track is the opener Transit Transit. It is a perfect opener for this album, it sort of guides the listener slowly into what the album has to offer. I’m not sure how this band pieced together this album, but I would assume that this was a strategic placement, and perfectly done.
Check out the album on Tuesday. I highly recommend it. Then you will be ready to see Autolux live at Neumos on the 14th. They have a full tour ahead of them so I am thinking this will be a great show.