July 9, 2024

Autumn release new single and video ‘Catacombs’ – Out now



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The first new release in six years by the Minneapolis ethereal darkwave trio Autumn, “Catacombs” is out now. The single and video was produced and directed by longtime collaborator, William Faith (The Bellwether Syndicate, Faith and the Muse, et al). The new single and video comes ahead of the band’s next appearance at Dark Ceremony Festival in Houston, Texas, on 15 June 2024, alongside Clan of Xymox, Chameleons, Twin Tribes, and many more.

This new single is taken from Autumn’s forthcoming new album, “Songs About Dying”. “Catacombs” explores the spaces between this world and the next, both visually and lyrically, as vocalist Julie Plante explains: “This song really hits on many of the big themes still circulating in our lives right now, but it really came together during the COVID lockdown time. I knew my dad was nearing the end of his life, and I was finding myself really trying to make my peace with this fragile world and my own limited time in it. I was also really dealing with solitude in a way I hadn’t ever before: recognizing that we are each born alone and will ultimately die alone, and yet we are never alone… Much of the video footage was shot up north in the woods in the coldest part of winter, and that too felt right to me. The starkness of a northern winter landscape has always spoken volumes to me of the thin line between life and death.”

Plante also expands on the song’s title and its connection to these themes: “Because when I first saw the catacombs under Paris, I was blown away by the simple truths revealed in the walls of bones reaching up like great scaffolding: the miles I walk have been walked by many others who came before, and will be walked by just as many after I am gone. It represents a truth that I find comforting. I don’t personally need for there to be some greater explanation of a “hereafter”, and I don’t need a heaven. My peace comes from accepting that I am part of the natural world.”

About Autumn

Autumn began as a collaborative effort between bassist Jeff Leyda and guitarist Neil McKay in the summer of 1992; consolidated by the addition of vocalist Julie Plante in February 1994. Following some early cassette releases, in 1995 Autumn signed to Tess Records, and embarked on what would become a long working relationship with William Faith, who co-produced the debut album “The Hating Tree” (Tess Records, 1997). Autumn followed up with the sophomore album, “Return to the Breath” in 2000 (Tess Records).

While members intermittently made space for family and career aspirations, Autumn returned with renewed energy for the release of their third album, “Chandelier” (Sett Records, 2018), produced again by William Faith. The band has since embarked on several mini-tours of the US supporting Clan of Xymox and The Bellwether Syndicate. More recently, Autumn have once again been working with Faith to produce their upcoming fourth album, “Songs About Dying”, featuring the newest single, “Catacombs”.

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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