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REVIEW: Autolux - Pussy's Dead

REVIEW: Autolux - Pussy's Dead

By: Daniel Ward
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A review of the Autolux album Pussy's Dead.

 

It’s been six years since Autolux’s released, Transit Transit. However, the trio has hardly taken time off. Singer/drummer Carla Azar contributed behind the kit on both of Jack White’s solo albums: Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. She also co-starred and played percussion on the soundtrack of the 2014 film, Frank. Singer/guitarist Greg Edwards reunited with Failure—a band that received significant airplay in the 1990s for songs like “Stuck On You”–dropped albums in 2014 and 2015, and toured extensively.

 

For Autolux’s new album, Pussy’s Dead, the band got into the studio with Boots, a producer who snagged a piece of the spotlight for his work on Beyoncé’s 2013 hit album. Pussy’s Dead mixes the electronic and organic, highlighting some of Autolux’s classic influences like Sonic Youth and My Bloody Valentine. However, this record is set apart by the EDM influence of Boots and the fact that Carla Azar lays down some of the most incredible drumming of her career.

 

Azar’s impressive rhythms are apparent from the opening of “Selectallcopy”. Even though the song drones, it’s still hypnotic, dreamy and surprisingly catchy. Pounding drums also dominate the spine of “Junk for Code”. “Brainwasher” is perhaps the best example of Azar’s drumming prowess and it has a glorious distorted bassline to boot.

 

There is a more traditional rock side to Pussy’s Dead. The closest Autolux might ever get to a pop song is “Change My Head”, which has the classic feel of the Beatles. Similarly, “Reappearing” is almost a ballad—that is until the distorted bass creeps up and the heavy drums take over. “Anonymous” takes a simple piano line, but surrounds it with glichy noises and icy, wobbling vocals.

 

Verging towards EDM, “Soft Scene” lets loose a mixture synth bleeps, but keeps the breathy Kim-Gordon-style vocals. “Hamster Suite” calls to mind Bloodsport-era Sneaker Pimps and is a hypnotic whirl that would be totally electronic if it weren’t for an acoustic guitar. “Becker” also keeps the acoustic while casting and eerie synth ambiance.

 

With Pussy’s Dead it’s clear Autolux has made huge leaps: Azar’s drumming should definitely not be missed. Additionally, there is no doubt that Boots has given the band the push they needed to get to the next level. The trio has put together a new record that is powerful, relevant and never boring.

 

Autolux - Pussy's Dead


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