Anyone watching this Copa Del Ray final? ARE YOU SEEING COURTOIS? IF WE SELL HIM!! I SWEAR TO GOD!!! I SWEAR TO FUCKING GOD!!! MAN ALIVE!!! I love Cech, but if he does get let go, we are in good hands folks!
A genderqueer tumblr blogger is at the supermarket, having used up her daily allotment of social interaction on making the dangerous trek through crowds of people. The cashier has just begun scanning their items, and says “Did you find everything alright, miss?”
A Lithuanian’s solo project, and first to date, Autism’s first song begins with a doorbell of sorts. A repeated note, before Autism invites you in to see the mixed bag of tricks it has to offer. Opener “Vertigo” is a wonderful microcosm of the entire album, leading off with heavy guitar work in the style of Mono. But layered behind that is a capital-M Metal sound that falls fully on the third track, “Crashing Silence.” Falling Motion is half-post metal, half-post rock, and occasionally Autism seems to be playing in front of, say, Baroness, or another forceful act.
All of these influences are well-layered rather than inconsistent for the first few tracks, but a jarring transition from track 3 to 4 left me reeling. Reeling in a very contented relaxed fashion, but the difference is sound is unnerving. Baroness would play well with the band that showed up for the first half of the album, but the fourth song is a departure from the norm - Colors in Stereo showing up to play while the others tune their instruments? It’s cheerful and relaxing and entirely out of Autism’s depth, but something wonderful to sink into before the return to pins and needles in the fifth and final track (incidentally, a more math-y one than those that precede it. Something resembling Scale the Summit)
Clocking in at just under 18 minutes, the Falling Motion EP never overstays its welcome, nor does it need to do so. A brief amount of time for each idea - some metal here, a sprinkle of ambience on number four, crushing drums everywhere (wonderful percussion on each track by the way), and a satisfying finish, Autism is no piece de resistance for a post rock gourmand. But solid drumming, a fairly consistent sound, and clean production make it well worth the quarter hour you can give it.