Auto Music (LP)


Brian Reitzell

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Amoeba Review

06/16/2014

Utilizing dynamics, spacing and “Blade Runner” synths, Sofia Coppola’s soundtrack maestro comes up with a gorgeous soundtrack all his own on Auto Music. Like the soundtracks he’s worked on (The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette), Reitzell creates ambient music that veers toward the shoegaze-ambient works of artists like Seefeel, Slowdive and Ulrich Schnauss, with a foot in the krautrock world. Appropriately, Auto Music does feel like a road trip soundtracked in the most cinematic way—Reitzell has said he wanted the album to chronicle his trip from him home to his Los Angeles studio—its mechanical wonders making the mundane seem extraordinary much in the same way Kraftwerk’s Autobahn made us feel like we were living in Epcot Center’s idyllic world of the future. Its opening track “Last Summer” (featuring My Bloody Valentine mastermind Kevin Shields) feels like gently awakening and then being thrust into the working world, its clanking synths seeming to mimic coffee machines and cars starting. It continues through a scenic journey not unlike Brian Eno’s ambient work on some tracks (“Ozu Choral,” “Beehive”), interrupted by guitar exercises reminiscent of M83’s early work (“Ozu,” “Oskar”) and pieces seemingly designed to feel like minute struggles of everyday life, with synths squelching like cars on the highway (“Auto Music 1”). Though not extensively emotional, Auto Music is plenty dramatic, giving space for more reflective pieces while moving propulsively forward. It’s ambient music in the truest sense, feeling like music that exists with you and offers existential contemplation on everyday life.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Ozu Choral
Brian Reitzell 02:52
2.
Ozu
Brian Reitzell 07:02
3.
Gaudi
Brian Reitzell 07:24
4.
Auto Music 1
Brian Reitzell 09:42


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Last Summer
Brian Reitzell 08:30
2.
Behive
Brian Reitzell 02:24
3.
Oscar
Brian Reitzell 05:09
4.
Honeycomb
Brian Reitzell 04:37
5.
Auto Music 2
Brian Reitzell 06:24

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