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Transit Transit

AutoluxVinyl
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  • Vinyl (August 10, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: TBD Records
  • ASIN: B003T1KL9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,399 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Transit Transit
2. Census
3. Highchair
4. Supertoys
5. Spots
6. The Bouncing Wall
7. Audience No. 2
8. Kissproof
9. Headless Sky
10. The Science of Imaginary Solutions

Editorial Reviews

Autolux (Carla Azar: vocalsldrums, Greg Edwards: vocalslguitar, and Eugene Goreshter: vocals1
bass) produced Transit Transit themselves with Edwards serving as engineer. It was recorded in
the band's studio, Space 23, located near downtown Los Angeles. The album begins with it's title
track, an utterly unique concussion of rhythm, created from a looped sample of an old freezer
slamming shut and a simple round of chords from an upright piano. The hypnotic density of the
vocals and organic futurism of the instrumentation instantly rearranges any preconceptions about
the 'autolux sound'. "Census" and "Supertoys" play like the logical evolution and refinement of
Future Perfect, delivering propulsive grooves and atmospheric chord changes, while "Highchair"
combines a simple, yet effective drum machine beat with tympani-esque tom overdubs to create
an orchestral lo-fi dance track. There is a notable sonic progression throughout Transit Transit:
vintage synthesizers and manipulated ambience glue central song components together, several
tracks are built around piano, all three members take turns with lead vocals, harmonies are
abundant, and there is even a bit of trumpet. Ultimately, Transit Transit is propelled by its
individual members' strengths, coalescing into beautiful, complex songs. Goreshter continues to
innovate his bass style, effortlessly modernizing the instrument's melodic role, while still providing
an on-edge rawness and groove-filled momentum. Edwards' guitars serve to modulate the moods
throughout the record, constantly evoking feelings found in the space between emotions. And
Azar's sturdy, creative drumming (a phenomenon to behgld QII stage) c~ntinue2o n record with
plenty of hook beats - ferocious and delicate, at once.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, autolux does it again August 8, 2010
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Consider this a preemptive strike against the inevitable backlash of the usual complaints: they've been working on this for six years (not the case. They spent much of that time deciding how to release the album), it doesn't sound exactly like Future Perfect. While the second may hold some accuracy, it ignores the exciting leaps forward that Autolux have taken with their sound.

What's new is a significant amount of sparse moments, space unfilled, perhaps you could call it a greater "Radiohead-esqueness," through the use of piano and electronic beats. If the entire album sounded like this, I could understand the complaints, but there are plenty of moments of the old noisy rock-out Autolux as well.

Perhaps the new elements stand out so much, they are off-putting to listeners that wanted Future Perfect part 2. Give these tracks a chance and they will end up being highlights. SPOTS is a haunting, beautiful song, and an incredible improvement on the melancholy of GREAT DAYS FOR THE PASSENGER ELEMENT. THE BOUNCING WALL is a great nod to `60s flavored psychedelic pop. Fans of the British band Broadcast will take note. HIGHCHAIR is built around a hypnotic beat that comprises of electronic and live percussion.

Meanwhile, Autolux continues to combine perfect pop catchiness and propulsive interstellar rock on songs like CENSUS, SUPERTOYS and KISSPROOF. There are wonderful touches, like the spacey effects that come in towards the end of CENSUS and the toy piano that rings out in this midst of the dirge-heavy HEADLESS SKY. The album's beautifully swirling closer, THE SCIENCE OF IMAGINARY SOLUTIONS, is punctuated by jarring blasts of noise at the minute and a half mark, and then it lifts upwards carrying the listener out on a more skyward note than on Future Perfect.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smooth yet satsifying August 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
The new release by Autolux overall carries on brilliant work set out by "Future Perfect" six years ago...

While the noise and hard charging attitude seems to have mellowed somewhat, the trio seems to have honed their songwriting abilities and appear to have become better musicians in the interim. This represents somewhat of a departure from Autolux's prior work, but while it it is a move away from tonal discordance, this sounds more refined, mature and remains Autolux.

This would be a great debut album for any band and remains a wonderful new step in the evolution of Autolux.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace, but not as rewarding. August 12, 2010
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On their first album in six years, Autolux enhances the experimental sounds they forged on 2004's Future Present. Tracks like Audience No. 2 bring are a real sensory overload, packing the mix with distortion and effects. But the album has a few severe potholes that leave me underwhelmed. Whether it's looping instrumentation or a lack of interesting sounds, some tracks just leave me cold and uninterested. It's nice if you're looking for a friendlier face in this style of music, but I'd rather hear the dangerous side I've come to appreciate from Autolux.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic October 28, 2010
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Short and Simple
I took the time to listen and became very entertained. The album is a dynamic
collaboration of trippy sixties, alternative and modern rock. I was very impressed.
I can actually listen to every trek instead of skipping.
You don't know what to expect because it's innovative and classic alternative at the same time. I listened to samples of the first album and will purchase soon.
Excellent percussionist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth The Wait October 7, 2010
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Very rarely does a band come along and, for the most part, create its own sound. Autolux is one of those gems. Even though the world has had to wait a long time for their second proper album to be released, it is worth every delicious second now that it has arrived.

The nuances of this music grow with each listen and it's clear the time spent making it was not wasted. It's a great rock record with a soft sheen coating the surface.

Because of the rarity of his released work, guitarist/vocalist Greg Edwards doesn't get the acclaim that his former band-mate in Failure, Ken Andrews, receives. It's clear from repeated listens to "Transit Transit" that it's a shame their partnership didn't last longer than it did. This is brilliance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Splashes of color September 27, 2010
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I've read most of the reviews out there regarding this record. So be it. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but it's up to you to look past genre-specific terms or the newly branded piece of popular consumption ready to be spit out at the end of the meal. TRANSIT TRANSIT is a move for Autolux away from the monochromatic nature (see Audience No. 2 for reference to that on this record) and simplicity of Future Perfect to describe different emotions, a great record nonetheless, and instead this is a move to radicalize their color palette sonically and emotionally to expand on topics of isolation, loneliness, and beauty (at least that's what i get from it).

This record encompasses the true influences of Autolux over the past 6 years, yet it didn't take 6 years to complete. This is the product of years of record company turmoil, sound experiments with what I can only imagine to be walls of effects pedals, and the result is 3 artists/musicians pushing themselves sonically and as song-writers. The opening song (which was also one of the last to be recorded) is built from field recordings, a worn out piano that could only play a few keys well, and Greg Edwards detached vocals "eyes like vinyl, lips like rainclouds, let the future go." That's the introduction to the record. Let go of the strictly Sonic Youth and my bloody valentine references, this band is much more than abrasive noise and expensive effects. Second track "Census" built around Greg's SYR-esque guitar riff reminds listeners that they can still punch you in the face. Eugene sings "It's everything you thought that you'd like, just to wake strangled stars and stripes. You're a paper head on a backbone on fire, always asleep but never tired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Autolux Returns With Another Masterpiece
After hearing Audience No.2 what seems like forever ago, I thought, "Great song, but I hope the new album isn't too similar to Future Perfect. Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by Joe Doe
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic autolux album
bought this one for my pops for xmas. don't know if he liked it, but i sure as hell do.
Published on January 21, 2011 by Michael J. Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Masterpiece from this Band
Autolux have kept everyone waiting some time for this new release, but, ultimately, the wait was certainly worth it. Read more
Published on September 23, 2010 by BHaynes
4.0 out of 5 stars One of 2010's Best
After roughly 5 to 6 years since their amazing debut (2004's Future Perfect), Autolux have finally made a formal return with their comfortably experimental but equally great... Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Jimmy Penola
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect evolution of the previous album
Autolux formed in 2000, featuring former members of Failure and Ednaswap. In 2004, their debut full-length album Future Perfect was released. Read more
Published on August 13, 2010 by Alto Eager
5.0 out of 5 stars Autolux - Transit Transit
It is inevitable that after six years of waiting, expectations would be high for the follow-up to an album as brilliant and affecting as Future Perfect. Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by Andrew Vice
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable at the micro, Pop at the macro
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Published on August 3, 2010 by David M. Madden
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