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The Give Up 02:45
Help Me Out 04:59
Sleeves 06:02
Megan 02:04
Sleep 05:08


My Autumn Empire II is a collection of subtle, 70s-tinged space pop with a hint of folk around the edges and just a whiff of psychedelia. The second album from epic45's Ben Holton was the last fruits of an old computer and a radical side step from the minimal acoustics and electronics of its predecessor, The Village Compass. Instead, the focus is on the layering of vocal harmonies, washes of vintage synth and prominent melodies.

Although reminiscent of ELO's symphonic pop or a rural English take on Grandaddy, MAEII seems to exist in a world of its own, strangely implacable. The album features the single Say It Again, perhaps the most overtly pop track, although the lyrics reveal a darker heart. "Like Sparklehorse covering The Beatles," reckons Phil from Norman Records. This Heat’s apocalyptic Sleep is then given an almost Alasdair Roberts-sounding makeover for the final track.


released July 6, 2012


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Wayside & Woodland Recordings England, UK

Wayside & Woodland Recordings was founded by Ben Holton and Rob Glover, and is based in South Staffordshire & The West Midlands.

The home label of epic45, Birds in the Brickwork, The Toy LIbrary, My Autumn Empire, Charles Vaughan and The Balloonist

And has released works by E.L. Heath, Component#4, Richard Youngs, Oliver Cherer, They Go Boom and Mark Van Hoen.
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