Idaho rock quartet Blind Autumn have released their second long-playing record album, “Something Hidden.”
Idaho rock quartet Blind Autumn have released their second long-playing record album, “Something Hidden.” The record is a collection of Blind Autumn's best work since their 2010 release, “Topsy Turvy,” and includes nine new original tracks for a total of fifty minutes of listening time. As usual for Blind, the set list includes a healthy smorgasbord of variety, including modern rock, prog rock, classic rock, funk, blues, Latin, and even a spot of jazz.
Each of Blind Autumn's tracks on “Something Hidden” is a minimum of four minutes long, the longest of them approaching ten, which places the record in that elite group of records from rock artists who have perfected the art of the jam, stadium favorites such as the Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, and Rush.
The reason for this is part of the inherent beauty of Blind Autumn: each of the four instrumentalists is a clean-playing, rock-solid juggernaut of style in his own right, each of them playing earnestly and without pretentiousness. The resulting groove of their combined playing styles flows effortlessly from one measure into the next, and many songs have dedicated space to showcase each instrument in their band the way classic improvisational jazz has done it for decades.
Blind Autumn has a warm character that would be difficult to emulate, which partially stems from the unique blend of their instruments and also in part from the wide variety of music they play. Their lead vocals sound genuine and raw, not unlike John Doe of X, and their guitars are a flurry of rhythm that play close to the drums and never stray into hair-metal ridiculousness. Blind Autumn's bass is also incredibly strong as part of the percussion section (the guitars would be included in this, too) although the bass often appears as one of their more prominent features, playing way out in front the way Red Hot Chili Peppers make use of Flea, but never so ostentatious – more like the classy, yet strident walking riffs of the disco era's bass players.
Blind Autumn's drums are a secret weapon of sorts that hang back in the background keeping solid time, then suddenly become omnipresent from time to time, ambient and loud, even though the drumming is paradoxically conservative, much like Pink Floyd's Nick Mason or the Doors' John Densmore. Remarkably, Blind Autumn also makes frequent use of a lead saxophone which is played in surprising ways, first jazzy, then Latin flavored, then somewhat ska or reggae, but never in the sappy romantic slow jam manner of the 80s. Keyboards round out what remains of their audio space for a gliding, ethereal overtone.
Blind Autumn's songs are all collaborations, with no member claiming all the writer's credit for any single track. Regarding the themes of their lyrics, they write, “Our songs convey the idea of wondering about life, overcoming challenges, and looking beyond the current situation to reveal new opportunities and hope.”
“Something Hidden” is a straightforward, soul-grooving record that all fans of rock deserve to have in their personal collection, available online everywhere.
Staff Press Release Writer
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