Autumn Sweater

Yo La Tengo

Song Review by Stewart Mason

The first single from I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One, "Autumn Sweater" came as a shock to many Yo La Tengo fans. Coming out in the spring of 1997, at the height of the electronica craze, "Autumn Sweater" was seen by some as bandwagon-jumping, but although the song's instrumentation (bass, percussion, and the organ that had been an integral part of the band's sound since 1993's Painful, with none of Ira Kaplan's familiar Velvet Underground-inspired guitar freak-outs) would not sound out of place on a Stereolab or Air album, it's also not particularly far from Yo La Tengo's earlier adventures in mood music, such as "Nowhere Near" or "Pablo and Andrea." Nonetheless, the notoriety of this somewhat uncharacteristic song did introduce Yo La Tengo to a somewhat different audience, particularly when it was pulled from the album and showcased in a remix LP that featured new permutations of the song by Tortoise, µ-Ziq, and My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Autumn Sweater 1997 Matador 8:40
I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One 1997 Matador 5:18
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out 2000 Matador 0:00
Yo La Tengo Sampler: 1993-1997 2000 Matador 5:31
Prisoners of Love: A Smattering of Scintillating Senescent Songs: 1985-2003 2005 Matador 5:19
Matador at 21 2010
Various Artists
Matador 5:18