Over The Ocean is a lush tapestry of surreal instrumentation and deeply expressive vocals, documenting Autumn's Grey Solace in an energetic, hyper-introspective period. Erin Welton's strong, sorrowful voice tears through the dense jungle of interwoven guitar musings, while organic drums and melodic bass forge the rhythmic core. Scott Ferrell's ethereal guitar work sets the direction of the experimental journey, and the duo bends the rules of music theory to create a unique, harmonious bliss.
Erin's heartfelt voice sings haunting tales that spin webs of emotion in every direction, entrancing and entangling the soul of the listener. Her distinctive voice melds perfectly within the encompassing blend of electric and acoustic stringed instruments, completing the sonic picture with elegance. There is a mournful characteristic to the inflection of Erin's appealing vocal style. This trait effectively conveys the content of the expressive lyrics.
An extensive palette of guitar textures appears on Over The Ocean. Airy 12-string acoustics, crystal clear electrics, deep 7-string chords, and richly distorted melodies all contribute to the intense wall of shoegazing sound. With some guitars, only the reverb can be heard, creating an atmospheric backdrop. In addition, guitar feedback is manipulated to form drones and swells that swirl throughout the sonic panorama.
An angelic voice soars into the heavens... A mandolin serenades in the distance... An electric guitar mourns with searing feedback... Over The Ocean is a glimpse into an auditory utopia that is barely on the verge of being explored.
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Today's Feature Review | On Over the Ocean Autumn's Grey Solace delivers an alluring and encompassing piece of shoegazer darkwave. Chilling ambient melodies, ripe with seductive power, mingle with ghostly effect with the female vocals. The vox are svelte and create strange and addictive harmonies with the instrumental soundscape. The blend is seamless. Like two fireflies dancing slow-motion in a river of amber, the vocals and the music with which they waltz entwine with each other in a sad mating ritual whose progeny is this flow of tears, this call of a disembodied and lonely voice crying from over the horizon. A hardened heart indeed it would be that would find none of Autumn's grey solace in these songs, for their power of captivation is formidable and force the listener to transcend his personal genres in the face of sheer musical power. And it's a power that comes from quiet, for never does this group deviate from its practice of music that is restrained and, perhaps, meek, but never weak and always electric within its soul. - Kristofer Upjohn