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My Autumn Empire is Benjamin Thomas Holton from pastoral superkings Epic 45. My Autumn Empire is Mr Ben's side project which he does when Epic 45 are on fag breaks or something. Hey we all need a vice. Mine? I like watching people put shoes on and then taking them off.... it's brilliant. Anyway here sees Ben on a more singer songwritery/ folky tip. It's a bunch of songs recorded between 2005 and 2008 and the sound is a very simple one. It has a clean and stripped-back sound which is soothing on the ears. The album is centered around the idea of life in a remote village (Epic 45 are the real pastoral deal) and wanting to enjoy the simple life (and probably kick the nearest city really hard in its stupid smog ridden face). It's all very earnest and honest sounding. I think fans of Epic 45 will approve as there's a few tracks on there with 'their sound' with some light electronics kicking around in the background. You can't but help think of the countryside when you're listening to this.... sunny days, green fields, pretty girs on bikes, that kind of thing. There's deffo some hints of Bibio in there and overall you get a whopping feel of nostalgia stroking your face. Essentially though, it's a gentle slow paced album which is charming, delicate and extremely pleasing on the ears. Proper lovely!
9/10 aldo 11th October 2014
I think that "The Village Compass" is one of the best album of the last years. Music never boring, far from any cold virtuosity, full of feeling. EPIC 4 AUTUMN MY EMPIRE, JULY SKIES, Pink Floyd of the new millennium. Music dreamy and exciting as you could not hear the early "70s. Ideal companion for night introspection and long solitary walks
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