The Autumns Fake Noise From a Box of Toys

The Autumns Fake Noise From a Box of Toys
Already conquering the British press, the equal parts math and dance rock mongers known as the Autumns will be hungrily gobbled up once their latest offering, Fake Noise, ventures onto North American soil. Although the band are based in L.A., they scored a deal with the UK’s Bella Union (the Dears, Explosions in the Sky) and listening to their glorious sixth album leaves no question as to why. Sparkling with influences from all across the musical spectrum, at any given moment you can hear vibrant, Queen-like polyphony or eloquent Death Cab for Cutie-esque simplicity in the soft vocals. From beginning to end, the Autumns continue to impress with their stash of unique tunes. "Uncle Slim” captures their schizophrenic nature as they easily switch between cute "la-dee-dahs” and loud, crashing rock. Vocalist Matthew Kelley sounds like Morrissey doing a Shins cover on the catchy "Only Young.” They have managed to find a medium where succulent dream pop collides with fast and racy indie rock. Usually sitting on the fence between the two distinct genres makes for a confusing and frustrating sound but in the case of the Autumns, they comfortably straddle the fence and have mastered the balance so well that it’s finally paying off. (Bella Union)