July 1, 2010

Song Review: Autolux's "Supertoys"

Los Angeles experimental nu-gazers, Autolux, have kept a very low profile since releasing their nearly perfect and underrated debut, Future Perfect, in 2004 on the defunct Sony Records imprint, DMZ. At that point in time, major labels were in flux trying to sign hot indie buzz bands all the while trying to stay afloat. Unfortunately for Autolux, a lack of major label push got them lost somewhere in a shuffle of My Bloody Valentine wannabe bands, and the original, creative spark in their sound went unnoticed by most despite critical acclaim and high-profile tours with the likes of Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. Six years later, Autolux is finally set to return with their highly anticipated sophomore release, Transit Transit, on the indie label TBD Records, and the new track, "Supertoys" shows that the wait just may be what the music world needed in order for it to re-appreciate Autolux. "Supertoys" seemingly picks up right where Autolux left off with their brand of dark, dreamy gloom rock, much like Future Perfect did with lyric content bringing to mind feelings of manic insecurity and uncertainty. The downward chord progression in the intro combined with Eugene Goreshter's soft, hollowed vocals singing, "Everything so far away. No control, nothing stays. Scrape your inside out. Keep a quiet empty mind," quickly makes that apparent. However, Autolux inserts hope and acceptance along the way as drummer and backing vocalist, Carla Azar, enters the scene during the chorus. Her soft, sugar-kissed female vocals careen around upward swooning guitars reassuring, "It's alright. You're okay. Just let it be broken." Goreshter's narrative lyrics soon relapse into self-doubt after the 2:30 mark, but again, Azar is there for a pick-me-up, which culminates in a soaring exit filled with distortion pedals on blast, ghostly coos and a vibrant, cleaner guitar outro that angularly cuts into Autolux's shoegaze haze (A new move we've yet to see from the experimentalists to date.) While "Supertoys" could easily be looked at as a more upbeat (using that term loosely) companion piece to anything off of Future Perfect, it's probably best that Autolux reintroduce themselves to the world by sticking close to the signature sound so many missed the boat on years ago. The redeeming quality about "Supertoys" is that Autolux have kept themselves away from the music world for so long that it's only expected their music tastes much sweeter than we initially remembered.

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