Boomkat Product Review:
Destroyed, ‘phet-riddled gothic EBM and skeletal darkwave by Norn Iron’s finest
“Autumns is the solo project of Christian Donaghey, from Derry, Northern Ireland. To date, Autumns has been responsible for a brace of singles, EPs and a Mini LP, appearing on Soft Power Records, CF Records, Regis’ Downwards label and Glasgow’s renowned operation Clan Destine. The project has also contributed to the Downwards label compilation The Immortal Eye and the second Phormix cassette collection Light Of Consciousness. 2017 sees the eagerly anticipated release of his debut full length record Suffocating Brothers.
‘Keep kicking against the pricks’
On Suffocating Brothers Autumns presents a resolute nine track culmination of the fierce audacity that has come to define and distinguish the project since an assured first emergence in 2013. Written and produced over the course of six months, between July and December 2016, it’s an album that comes as a momentous and devastating fulfilment of what the Autumns project has outlined with increasingly ruthless intent over the last few years.
Although the scuffed DIY garage and submerged shoegaze of the projects first major release – 2014’s Terrible Tuesday Mini LP - signalled different inclinations to subsequent explorations, the seeds of a severe, tenacious and exhilarating signature were always present and correct. With Das Nichts and A Product of 30 Years of Violence – a quick-fire brace of EPs that arrived either side of 2016 – that signature became refined by an expansive murk and a robust (dys)functionalism. Prior familiarities were overhauled, the lo-fi disarray of before given a purposeful sense of authoritative intensity rooted in the rabid, seditious transmissions of noise music, the slam and discord of industrial and the insistent velocity of techno. These were the first seething indications that, buried beneath the smothered vocal urgency and deluges of distortion, was a synthetic surge and turbulence only rarely found in electronic music’s more nefarious territories.”