In 1996, The Autumns emerged on the scene with their four-song EP, Suicide at Strell Park. Opening track "Pale Trembles a Pale" ranks as one of my favorite songs of all-time, heartbreaking and optimistic within the same stiffled breath. There's something I feel when I hear this song that I can't quite explain, something ethereal, something eternal, but the same can probably be said for any other Autumns fans walking the planet when they listen to this one. We don't listen to it. We feel it. There isn't a weak spot on the EP, with Cure-like tunes "Apple" and "Rose Catcher," and the slow, somber finale, "Suicide at Strell Park." One of the best EPs ever recorded in my humble opinion, Suicide was a debut wonder that gave a brimming glimpse of things ahead.
The Autumns made us wait three years later for a new album, 2004's self-titled effort. The band mixed clean guitars with reverb-heavy ones to create a subtle mix of The Angel Pool and In the Russet Gold, but also something all its own. One of the highlights from the record is "Deathly Little Dreams," a tune closer akin to the dreamy days than anything else they had done since. It gives a slow, delay and reverb-heavy build-up before breaking out into a drum and guitar dream sequence that made fans of The Angel Pool proud. It provides a simple enough melody on the way to its full explosion into the realm of the ethereal and the fully emotive.