Autolux – “Supertoys” (Stereogum Premiere)
Here we have what’s technically the second listen, though the first in two years (“Audience No. 2″ came in 2008), from a record six years in the making. Beloved when it dropped in ’04 but coming a hair too early for the proliferation of a blogosphere that would have chewed into its Sonic Youth/MBV affectations and spit them into a massive Google footprint, Future Perfect’s still netted the band admirably sustained, even swelling interest in the intervening years. There was a support tour until 2006, and a stop at Wayne Coyne’s ATP NY in 2009, the same year they headlined a tour. For a record they put out five years prior. So the sound of “Supertoys” will come as good news to many. The L.A. based trio — still featuring Eugene Goreshter on bass, Greg Edwards on guitar, Carla Azar on drums, and all three on vocals — recorded the forthcoming, ten-track Transit Transit in their hometown and, with pianos, synths, etc., promise it tweaks and rearranges their signature sonic reference points. However “Supertoy” is less rearrangement than modification on their Sonic reference points, the song coming as a darker, less cathartically resolute but more insidiously melodic cousin to Future Perfect’s big-hooked superjam “Here Comes Everybody.” It’s here, today.
Here’s “Audience No. 2,” or at least how it existed when the band released for it for free download back in 2008:
The years have treated them well.
[Photo by Drew Reynolds]
Transit Transit is out 8/3 via TBD Records in North America, and ATP in the rest of the world.
01 “Transit Transit”
06 “The Bouncing Wall”
07 “Audience No. 2″
09 “Headless Sky”
10 “The Science Of Imaginary Solutions”