This is the first record I heard by epic45, and the third of their spectacular vinyl rereleases. I bought it based on its cover because I was a 16-year old kid who thought unfocussed landscape pictures were cool. Luckily, Against the Pull of Autumn still has that penchant for nostalgia and directionsless daydreams, and is now, finally, out on (limited edition) vinyl!
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This lavish double album re-issue of one of the Staffordshire pastoralists high water moments is well worth picking up if you fancy a bit of melancholy sighing to your new year. With titles like ‘Where the Holiday Went’ and ‘You Said Nothing’, the band are never in danger of out thugging Wu Tang but they are sensitive boys from the rural Midlands what do you expect?
They make music for staring out of the window to and on tracks like opener ‘I’m Getting Too Young For This’ they get it note perfect; a windswept blast of jangling pop that mixes up all the best bits of Disco Inferno, The Field Mice, Hood and U2 and politely brings it round for supper. Their sound is crisp, clinical and beautifully recorded, guitars shimmer in the morning dew, basases are always warm and melodic and have traces of Bark Psychosis in them. On ‘Barn Diversions’ clarinets are added for extra warmth, like they are protecting the song from the cold winter ahead.
Their music is invariably “nice” it doesn’t challenge the listener too much or break from its leafy moorings and unlike their later work the album is mostly instrumental, built out of passages of arpeggio’d guitars culminating in a drifting mood of wry resignation. Occasional nods to math and post rock aside it stays firmly in its comfortable rural hollow, content to make pretty patterns. And why not? There’s enough ugliness in the world, albums like this are here to lose yourself in for an hour or so whilst pretending for a moment that the world is a nicer place.
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