Listening to Autolux is a lot like remembering that one lover whose impact you can never shake. Memories are triggered, the movies in your mind are re-edited the way you want to remember them, and then right when youâ€™re at the height of your sequestered joy, the albumâ€”like that object of your desireâ€”ends. Then you have to wait years to be caressed by the next installment.
Autolux have built their reputation on an aesthetic that has all the properties of a well-thought mixtape, able to convey assorted atmospheric shades and emotional contexts, without coming off as clever or bombastic. Transit Transit, the follow-up to 2004â€™s similarly majestic Future Perfect, doesnâ€™t stray from the intended path, offering sonic action painting, narcotic dreamscapes and other manifestations of sonic bliss that you simply cannot divine from any band currently operating. The cumulative effect of drummer Carla Azar, guitarist Greg Edwards and bassist Eugene Goreshter massages your temporal lobes better than top-shelf absinthe or discerning opiates.
â€œCensusâ€ is the best song Sonic Youth forgot to write, peppered with shoegazer menace, detuned guitars and seemingly discorporate vocals. The arcane â€œHigh Chairâ€ will appeal to all those minimal-wave aficionados with its clicking drum machine patterns, despite its lack of synthesizers. â€œSupertoysâ€ straddles a parallel universe where the late psychedelic overlord/Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett manipulates a light show across the sky before heading off into the greater universe. â€œHeadless Skyâ€ is an alluring mix of askew harmonics and Azarâ€™s tightly controlled percussive bursts, the equivalent to that halfway point between consciousnesses and comforting sleep. The six-minute closer â€œThe Science Of Imaginary Solutionsâ€ is the perfect aural denouement to summarize the various emotional highs and lows of the past 40 minutes.
And thatâ€™s the beauty of Autolux: In an age where music fans want the immediate fix, the call-out research hook and/or a tune to simply hum, itâ€™s great to hear a band who arenâ€™t afraid to take you places youâ€™ve never been to for a period of time. They just need to come by more often.