To me, autumn in New England has a certain sound. I tried to capture it with this playlist, which features some older fall faves of mine. This fall, I’ve seen a half-dozen new albums released that capture that autumn-in-New-England vibe in some way, shape, or form. They’re not as buzzed-about as the new CHVRCHES or Silversun Pickups albums, but they’re definitely worth checking out. And this is the season to do it in.
Lou Barlow – ‘Brace The Wave‘
Much more Sentridoh than Sebadoh, Barlow’s stripped-down arrangements and breathy vocals add a bit more weight to his usual heavy, introspective lyrics.
Beirut – ‘No No No‘
Presenting at times like a Wes Anderson film scored by Baroque poppers Ra Ra Riot, the album’s nine songs move along with a seasonal briskness.
Craig Finn – ‘Faith In The Future‘
Sounds enough like a Hold Steady album to keep the attention of fans of the band, but is enough of a departure to give new depth and dimension to Finn’s vivid lyricism.
José González – ‘Vestiges & Claws‘
Something about Jose Gonzalez gently picking and strumming and whisper-singing just lends itself perfectly to the bright colors and gathering chill of autumn.
Low – ‘Ones and Sixes‘
One of the Duluth legends’ best efforts in years. Their sound continues to evolve, but the new songs still capture what’s at the core of a Low composition: starkness, bare beauty. Like a lone oak in late November.
Lucero -‘All A Man Should Do‘
The tang of crisp, ripe apples in the air. The twang of Lucero in your ears. I’m done writing. Stop reading and start listening.