Junes: Don’t Leave Me In Autumn
Junes’ third album, Don’t Leave Me In Autumn, provides a fitting soundtrack for the current season. Its tracks are calm, melodic and saturated with that warm melancholy feeling of autumn. Minimal use is made of guitars, piano and electronic elements which all blend well into the dreamy sound texture as a whole. Drums, too, are deployed sparsely and generally resigned to the background. Only Daniel Hauser’s smooth vocals occupy the foreground and guide the songs.
Autumn, the opening song on and de-facto intro to the album, appeals through its detached, limited arrangement and its slow, yet heavy beat. Without the vocals it is almost reminiscent of Portishead. Come Closer, the second song, is one of the few tracks that carries some forward momentum chiefly due to pronounced percussions, vaguely gritty guitar elements and a dynamic chorus. Pieces is an equally catchy song that is more reserved and appeals by its use of strings. High And Low, meanwhile, is the only song that risks a slightly rougher and less formulaic sound. This is a refreshing exception on an album that appears strangely familiar throughout.
Don’t Leave Me In Autumn is defined by a consistentlyclean, homogenous and melodic sound. This professional production means that the album is devoid of surprises, pursuing a conventional vocal-driven song structure that quickly becomes repetitive. Overall, the album is a decent listen, though one that will leave many yearning a more distinct, adventurous sound.
Written by Ben Restle.