A few years ago i downloaded some Auburn Lull songs. They were
called Blur My Thoughts Again and Early Evening Reverie,
both of which are on the album Alone I Admire.
Both of these songs are brilliant tunes of light, washed out
ambience. I have no idea where i got them from though....
Since then, i have been hoping against hope that i would be
fortunate enough to find a copy of the apparently extremely
Hair release of this album. In two years i haven't been
able to track down a copy. Apparently, everyone who purchased
this album kept it: it has never shown up in my used record
searches. And no retailers in Atlanta (or e-tailers anywhere
for that matter) seem to carry Burnt Hair releases. It was beginning
to look as if i was destined to never hear the remainder of
Fortunately for me and everyone else, Darla
has just re-released Alone I Admire. It's available
on their site, and all kinds of stores carry Darla releases,
so it should be easy to track down a copy now.
Thank goodness. This is, quite simply, one of the greatest
ambient ethereal albums i have ever heard. It is so amazing
that i urge everyone who has even the slightest interest in
this genre to attempt to go out and find a copy.
Auburn Lull are, apparently, a four piece band from Michigan.
They have two guitarists, who play through tons of echo and
chorus, making their guitars sound like shimmering waves. A
drummer plays light accompaniment, and there are keys, voice,
samples, and bass also floating in the general sea of sound.
It's stunning. I listen to this album and i just sit and let
the sound wash over me. It's relaxing and tranquil, and yet
there is a lot going on in each song. There are lots of little
sounds and textures, so that listening with headphones is especially
All 10 songs on this album are worthwhile, but there is a three
song sweep in the middle of the disc that is particularly stunning.
It starts with Blur My Thoughts Again, in which an unstoppable
yet mellow beat echoes richly under a sea of chiming guitars
and strange, subtle keyboard sounds. The sounds build and build,
flowing into Early Evening Reverie, which has a different
rhythm and feel, but in general carries on the same mood. For
a while at least: Early Evening Reverie simply explodes
in the middle, suddenly becoming a huge wall of guitar fuzz
backed by insistent bass and drum. It's overpowering and beautiful
at the same time. The sounds fades, only to slowly rebuild in
The Last Beat, with stunning keyboard sweeps driving
the music. Again, it's an overpowering upswell of music, yet
rather than leaving me drained it leaves me aching for more.
And more. I keep coming back to this album, and each time i
find it tremendously enjoyable. It is a deep album that rewards
real listening. It is relaxing, yet draining.
This came out in 1999. Supposedly Auburn Lull are working on
a follow-up to be released on Darla later this year. I cannot
begin to imagine how they could ever outdo Alone I Admire.
I hope they succeed though: that will really be something