Recorded when the bandmembers were all under 21, Eyes of Autumn's debut, Hello, beautifully captures the melancholy, angst, and mania of youth. The Seattle trio mixes the emotiveness of Death Cab for Cutie with the loud/soft dynamics of Roadside Monument for a lo-fi mess that is enthusiastic, immediate, and honest. Played like the heavier side of Low, "Fire Creates Like Machine" lopes and marches for seven minutes. "As a Child" echoes the bittersweet drowsiness of Carissa's Wierd until it erupts with an indie guitar attack. A track like "If I Could See Myself Now" -- despite its lo-fi aesthetic -- could have benefited from better production (Bright Eyes, for example, crafts lo-fi songs that don't just sound like they were recorded poorly). But Eyes of Autumn is a band with a lot of promise and, if tracks like "Cordially Yours" and the quietly angular "Warm Cheeks, Cold Hands" are any indication, its members have enough confidence in their own ability to experiment to head off into new and unique directions.
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AllMusic Review by Charles Spano