The US ethereal-rock trio Arc Iris release the LP Moon Saloon on the 19th of August.
Arc Iris – Moon Saloon – artwork
The first song to be revealed from the ten track album is the bewitching opener – Kaleidoscope.
A composition which furrows its way around the room snuffling out the shadowed corners from which, like the Sirens of Sirenum Scopuli, tempt the listener with delicious bows, strings, keys and vocal as they pitch their intoxicating beauty, to which the audience is inextricably drawn.
The Autumn Isles is a melodic-rock band from Perth in Australia – comprising Alex Arpino (Guitar / Vocals), Russell Loasby (Drums), Brian Maloney (Bass), Daniel Silvestri (Lead Guitar / Backing Vocals) and Andy J. Bartlett (Keyboards / Backing Vocals) plus Pete Juncken (Trombone).
The Autumn Isles – A Bird Called Cognition – artwork
Given the array of instruments and players to hand The Autumn Isles deliver a calming take to the music, using the breadth of instrument to develop the melodies rather than the volume. This is another of those occasions when it has taken me a few years to get back to an initial introduction yet has been fortuitous in timing when I have finally come back to writing some thoughts.
A new LP – their second – A Bird Called Cognition was released last month and marks a more gilded and contemplative space than their last LP from 2011 – Kaleidoscope. The Autumn Isles have been able to bring to bear some interesting influences to the album, as hints of space-rock and psychedelia are melded into rock formulations. The audience is treated to compositions which are reflective without becoming morose and the instruments are deployed to enhance the atmosphere giving the feeling that you are listening to a musical theatre production and with the subtlety of play able to create your own storyline whilst being encased in the sounds.
The Autumn Isles is a band to listen to in extended session rather than snapshot and dwelling in the ten track forty minute A Bird Called Cognition will leave you sloughed of the trials of the day.