Autumn's Grey Solace — Over the Ocean
(Projekt 156, 2004, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2005-03-01
In this Florida duo, Erin Welton covers vocal and keyboard duties, Scott Ferrell covers everything else, and they both have a hand in composing the tunes. This is by far the prettiest music I have heard on the Projekt label, and while I suspect many goth fans would love AGS, the band is decidedly not goth. The first thing that will catch your attention is Welton’s voice. It is soft and on the breathy side, but somehow manages to not seem insubstantial, and you half expect her to go for broke and belt out a strong note in a moment of passion. But it never happens – the mood is much too dreamy to allow for any such thing. Ferrell’s guitars are the next thing to appear. His palette is broad, with 12-string acoustic, mandolin, and chiming electric, and there’s often a crazy feedback sound mixed in the background. The electric gets pretty intense sometimes, but is mixed so that it never does more than provide a hint of uneasiness, soundtrack to a dream that could turn scary at any moment. The bass and drum parts are simple, to avoid distraction from the melodies and guitars, and the whole thing is washed over with just the right amount of reverb for a pastel watercolor impression. My only quibble with the album is that I’d like to hear them break out of the dreamy mood once in a while, but I suppose that would be completely out of character here.
Related artist(s): Autumn's Grey Solace
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more