15 Recommended Autumn Time Albums

For this rendition of Trevor lists a few albums and writes a bit of about them, we’ve got something that perfectly aligns with my album review style – describing things completely in semantics. “Well why does this album rank above the other one?” Heck if I know, it just feels that way. Here I’m getting into albums that remind me of the mild weather of autumn, with days that fluctuate from humid, sticky days to unreasonably cold and wet ones. The feeling of layered clothing, the heat in your car starting up for the first time in months, the pumpkins and squash everywhere, the crunching leaves, the turning of the years, all coming together in one beautiful harmony.

Winter and summer seasonal albums are easy. There are some albums that clearly evoke feelings of summer, say for instance In Colour by Jamie xx and those that are for winter, like Mount Eerie’s Sauna. Fall is a bit more abstract. I asked a panel of Facebook & Twitter friends to supply their fall favorites to confirm I’m not crazy in finding added meaning behind records when it’s autumn time. I got a ton of responses, which you can find below my picks, with an accompanying sample song embedded in the album name.

As for my picks, the theme of light, folky style music is predominant. There’s a sense of that as well with other recommendations – that and jazz. Introspective music. Calming music. This is the kind of music you listen to while sitting down to do homework, stuff to listen to while hiking in the woods, while just sitting and watching the rain fall. What else are you gonna do? Sitting inside, exploring outside, watching the leaves change? Might as well put on a record to keep you company.


American Football – American Football homepage_large.3a9d7a66
Essential 90s emo album. Obsessed with restructuring, thinking about lost friends and how life moves on without them and without you. High off of nostalgia.
Fall Rating: Fifteen high school crushes out of sixteen. There’s even a song called “The Summer Ends.” Early/90s early 00s emo overall seems to be the best for the fall. I don’t listen to much of it anyways, but that’s what it seems like.

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest halcyon-digest
A type of album that describing it as only “indie rock” in 2015 should be a crime. But that puts me in a difficult spot since I can’t think of anything else. Changes from vulnerable to brash song by song. Great songwriting.
Fall Rating: Nine homecoming parades out of fourteen. This also could work for winter but there are also some summery songs on here as well. I think because it came out in the fall of 2010 I always pair it up with the fall. If anything, definitely “Helicopter.”

DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… 1372866250_endtroducing
What: Awesome mid-90s trip-hop/turntablism/plunderphonics/instrumental hip-hop record. Insanely groovy and satisfying. I’d imagine when this came out in the 90s this just blew everyone’s minds apart. One of the best albums of all time.
Fall Rating: One pumpkin-flavored beer out of seven. Yeah I don’t know why exactly this always reminds me of fall when I listen. I do really like it on days when it’s darker outside than it should be, though. Especially on cold rainy ones. So yeah, that works.

Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest grizzly_bear-veckatimest-cover-better
Classic indie rock from the late 00s with some snap and dueling lead singers. How cool is that? Masterful control of dynamics. Some more killer songwriting.
Fall Rating: Four glasses of cider out of nine. It’s an all over the place album for me. It’s definitely great and all that but is it an exclusive fall album? Nah. But it does sound pretty nice during this time.

Joanna Newsom – Have One On Mejoanna-newsom-have-one-on-me
Triple album of sort of folk sort of modern singer songwriter/composer. It’s a simply brilliant album full of ultra-unique vocals and stellar harp & other modern orchestral instrumentation.
Fall Rating: Nine long walks in the woods out of eleven. This is obviously an all-season album, but when else are you going to take the time to observe and appreciate nature around you? Fall! This album is perfect for taking your time to observe and appreciate.

Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See img_1136
Smoldering dream pop with slow, sultry vocals. Some hints of shoegaze in there.
Fall Rating: Seven chilly sunrises out of ten. Those moments when you have to wake up earlier than usual but then you see the beauty of the morning sun and you’re like “oh damn I could get used to this,” but then you never see it again until you have to wake up earlier than usual again.

The Microphones – The Glow Pt. 2 the-glow
A lo-fi, analog-recorded masterpiece that could be considered folk but contains portions of drone & noise. It has a brutal rawness to it – things are imperfect but that’s what makes it perfect. Fantastic lyrics and pacing. Possibly the most essential fall album on this list.
Fall Rating: Seventeen pine needle forest floors out of thirteen. The best fall album. Sounds like a chimney built onto an old creaky house that’s burning through all your past memories to heat your husk of a body to will it to live another day.

Midlake – The Trials Of Van Occupanther the_trials_of_van_occupanther
Indie rock/chamber pop/folk rock album from the mid-00s. I actually had never heard this album until this year but my goodness it’s a good one. Has some slight prog elements on it too, believe it or not. Definitely sounds a lot like Grizzly Bear but like, sort of earlier.
Fall Rating: Three and a half Halloween costumes out of five. Another folky, dreamy album added to the list and it ain’t the last one. It’s some good stuff.

Portishead – Dummyportishead-dummy
Flagship album for the trip-hop genre – AKA a time portal into the sound of electronic/pop music from the late 90s/early 00s. Cold, jazzy & so dang cool.
Fall Rating: Seven slate skies threatening snow out of fourteen. I’ve listened to this one a lot in falls past, so that’s probably what’s attributing to my answer, but it’s pretty decently cold sounding and is good for the steely, blustering days.

Sam Amidon – I See The Sign792ef4ec
Excellent “semi-modern” re-workings of traditional American folk songs from Mr. Amidon. Obviously simple songs arranged perfectly. The dude has a decently unique voice as well. Just satisfying folk songs.
Fall Rating: Ten campfire sing-alongs out of thirteen. Nice and heartwarming like a campfire, the first fireplace light of the season or a warming cup of tea.

Slowdive – Souvlakislowdive-souvlaki
Shoegaze album extraordinaire. If you haven’t listened to this yet, why? Why are you doing this to yourself?
Fall Rating: Five zipped up mid-heavy coats/unzipped heavy coats out of seven. But this a wonderful record overall, really, so it can double during the winter, spring or summer. See what I did there?

The Smiths – Meat Is Murdersmiths-meatismurder
College radio stars. My mom listened to them in college and still reminds me about it, which I admit is still cool each time. Jangle pop. Truly influenced so much other college rock after its release.
Fall Rating: Four overpriced textbooks out of five. Better get to class and get sulking about it. Nothing better to listen to than this album in that case. I became a sulk master in two short weeks thanks to this album.

Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts Of The Great HighwayGhosts-Of-The-Great-Highway-cover-660x660
A portrait of a grumpy middle-aged man in the making. A highly anecdotal album of folk songs with rock instrumentation and brilliant vocals. Come for the excellent lyrics & storytelling, stay for “Duk Koo Kim.”
Fall Rating: Twenty farmers market string bands out of twenty. Good amounts of rustic acoustic guitar and biting electric guitar to make for a nice contrast, much like the contrasting bright colors and cold temperatures of the autumn time.

Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One8e3a4d448f78b95d3f7d856d1b94d30c38e2650c
Kingpin of college rock. Yo La Tengo’s most well known album and my personal favorite. Slow and relaxing at points, other times energetic and motivating.
Fall Rating: Twelve autumn sweaters out of twelve. Thoughts of college connect to thoughts of fall – new beginnings, lost endings, and long introspective drives. There’s also a song called “Autumn Sweater,” but let’s ignore that for now.

Psychedelic, introspective & nostalgic bedroom pop that sounds like it’s being sung into a canyon. Simple instrumentation of ghostly synths and wispy vocals.
Fall Rating: Five bags of candy out of eleven. Could double for a summer album, I think, due to the inspirational thumping rhythms to some of the tracks, but because of how steeped in nostalgia the songwriting and sound is, it seems to fit quite well in the fall.


Alcoholic Faith Mission – 421 Wythe Ave
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST
Animal Collective – Feels
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Beach House – Teen Dream
Bill Evans – Sunday At The Village Vanguard
Bon Iver
Bright Eyes – Digital Ash In A Digital Urn
Bright Eyes – Fevers And Mirrors
Built To Spill – Keep It Like A Secret
Call It Arson – Animal Strings
Carissa’s Wierd – Songs About Leaving
Cocteau Twins – Victorialand
Cop – Render
Dave Brubeck – Time Out
Delicate Steve – Wondervisions
Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing In The Hands
Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca
Earth – The Bees Made Honey In The Lion’s Skull
Elliott Smith, “you ever heard of him?”
FKA Twigs – LP1
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Forest Swords – Engravings
Gil-Scott Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Grouper – Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill
Iceage – Plowing Into The Fields Of Love
John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Karl Blau
Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Life Without Buildings – Any Other City
M83 – Saturdays = Youth
Mutual Benfit – Love’s Crushing Diamond
Nick Drake
Nico – Chelsea Girl
Oddisee – Rock Creek Park
Peter, Paul & Mary – In The Wind
Porches – Scrap And Love Songs Revisited
Pram – Dark Island
Red House Painters – Down Colorful Hill
Scott Tuma – Not For Nobody
Sea Snakes – Clear As Day, The Darkest Tools
Shugo Tokumaru – L.S.T.
Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Spiritualized – Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Teebs – Ardour
The 6ths – Hyacinths And Thistles
The Clientele – Bonfires On The Heath
The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency And I
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
The Knife – Silent Shout
The National – Boxer
The Neighbourhood – I Love You
The Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
The Softies – Like It’s Love
The Swirlies – They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days In The Glittering World Of The Salons
These New Puritans – Field Of Reeds
Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine
Unwound – Leaves Turn Inside You
Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
Vashti Bunyan & Animal Collective – Prospect Hummer
Wild Nothing – Evertide EP

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