Boomkat Product Review:
The six year wait is at last over, Autolux return with a brand new full-length, the severely overdue follow-up to their widely acclaimed debut 'Future Perfect'. This is a band who often find themselves summarised with just one or two handy pigeonholing comparisons - references to either shoegaze or Sonic Youth are commonplace in Autolux reviews, and 'Transit Transit' doesn't always defy such categorisations - lead-up single 'Supertoys' is joined by 'Census' in paying homage to Thurston, Kim, Lee and Steve, although clearly there's a broadening of horizons afoot. The record opens brilliantly with a title track that deconstructs listener expectations by traipsing through whirring, glitched drum cut-ups and hollowed out upright piano chords. The effect is utterly beautiful and suggests that the band's songwriting has progressed since their emergence in 2004. More interesting fare follows, with the Radiohead-influenced electronic crossbreed 'Highchair' and the woozily decadent balladry of 'Spots'. It's during the moments when the angular guitar constructions recede that the band seem to be at their best - often because you get to hear more of their exquisite rhythm section and more of the strange, avant-garde inclining noises they clutter their mixes with. Pieces such as 'Audience No.2', 'The Bouncing Wall' and particularly the superb closer, 'The Science Of Imaginary Solutions' chart Autolux's ascent into something wholly more involving and impressive than the band they were six years ago.
The production on the album is also quite staggering - particularly on the bottom end which is deep and growling, heaving with a bass weight not often heard on this kind of material. Coupled with the fact that it's just one of those albums that just begs to be listened to again as soon as its finished and you have yourself a more than worthy successor to their debut - and that is high praise indeed. Very highly recommended.