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La Luna de Negra

by the Autumn project

the Autumn project is a three piece instrumental band. Focusing in rich, textural ambient rock music with tight percussion, drifting, driving guitars and lush keyboards. the Autumn project creates dynamic, beautiful, sometimes brutal music.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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Album Notes
The Autumn Project has been together for four years now, two of which the band solely recorded demo material and created a musical direction to follow. That direction consists of creating dynamic, accessible and challenging instrumental music. During the last two years of playing live the band has released two records and been on several tours.

The Project's mantra consists of this: "We get tired of hearing every singer slam us in the face with his/her views, opinions and problems. We want to make music for people to create their own narrative, to create their own space and images."

The Project's first record "Fable" is a self produced experiment in abstractly conformed sound. "Fable" was reissued in 2005 by Imagine It Records. Taking the standard template of rock / pop material and creating a unique and challenging listening experience, "Fable" is available on Imagine It Records website. T.A.P.'s latest effort "La Luna de Negra" is a dark, dynamic and sometimes brutal 6 track, 66 minute record.

Watch for the upcoming 3rd studio release from TAP, "A Burning Light" on Deepsend Records, summer of '06.

The Autumn Project is:
Mike Gustafson - Drums / Textures / Keyboards
Jess Huffman - Guitar
John Huffman - Baritone Guitar / Bass Guitar



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Robert Voyer

A collage of beautiful melodies destined to earn a place in your heart...
"...The album's six songs are (rather lamely) titled numerically, from "One" to "Six" according to their position in the track sequence. Still, something about such an unpretentious naming scheme suggests a certain amount of faith in each song's ability to build a rapport with listeners, even without a clever title. On this score, The Autumn Project succeed. La Luna deftly explores the perilous shoals of instrumental post-rock, creating beautifully dissonant sonic collages -- gorgeous, intense pieces..."

Robert Voyer - Splendid

Jay @ Indie Workshop (dot) Com

... soaring delay guitar work, sparse moments of minimal and textured sounds...t
The Autumn Project "La Luna de Negra" (10.19.2004

The Autumn Project is an instrumental trio from Des Moines, Iowa in the tradition of God Speed You Black Emperor! and Mogwai. If either of those bands are to your liking this will definitely be up your alley. Very moody and dynamic with soaring delay guitar work and sparse moments of minimal and textured sounds that burst into a loud climax of thundering drums and guitars.

This would be something that you’d listen to driving late at night alone or playing your 400th hour of final fantasy on play station, X-box or whatever the kids do nowadays (if you’re into that sort of thing!). Released on their own label Zurecords, La Luna de Negra is a solid release that mirrors some of the qualities of other instrumental bands while bringing they’re own aspects of those sounds to the table. At times the trios songs have a really dark and sinister feeling, which differs from the likes of the more lushly instrumented and epically cinematic feelings of God Speed You Black Emperor!. The Autumn Project also delve into some heavy rhythms similar to A Minor Forest or Mogwai at times, as they do on the record’s second track (none of the songs have a title, come on guys you named your band, came up with a weird album title, and even named your own record label! ).

Overall a very interesting take on a somewhat limited genre. It always seems to me that many bands tackling the instrumental task fall into the category of a band that is a lot of fun to be in, but not necessarily all that fun to listen to. The Autumn Project thankfully does not fall into that category, and provide an interesting listen in La Luna de Negra. I would be very interested to see how these songs translate live.

Troy Nies (SterlingSound)

epic album with cinematic granduer
La Luna de Negra presents the listener with the lost art of epic form. Cinematic in style with recurring themes and motifs take the listener to new ground and return to a familiar reference point throughout the 6 tracks. Clocking in at over an hour, this epic album is a great accomplishment and a worthy aural journey. The album is predominantly instrumental with obscure vocal samples sparsely interspersed toward the end of the last track. There are moments of driving rhythmic beats with a soaring guitar lead - a wonderful baritone guitar is heard throughout and gives The Autumn Project it's unique, aged - in a good way, like a fine wine, robust sound. There is a great depth to the sonic scape in this album as well. At times it is mesmerizing, minimal and dreamy - and then evolves into a swirlling driving wall of sound. For an interesting, satisfying aural journey - I highly recommend The Autum Project's "La Luna de Negra" - SterlingSound

Punk Planet

slow, unearthly music
...The Autumn project plays slow, unearthly music that is at times so lush that you forget they are but three people armed with guitar, bass, drums and keyboards... This is emotional music that puts you into a trance with visions of Arctic floes and glacial movement...."

Punk Planet Issue #66

Erin Randolph - Cityview

Hypnotically alluring promises in La Luna
With six tracks clocking in at 66 minutes and six seconds, one might surmise that instrumental post-rock trio The Autumn Project has taken to creating the devil’s music. And sure enough, “La Luna de Negra” sweetly lures listeners in with slow, dreamlike temptations before accosting them with raucous, looming crescendos. Long before an evangelist in the closing track tries to save souls from entering the dark side, listeners will have already succumbed to the hypnotically alluring promises of “La Luna.”