Fall is probably my favorite season. I know summer is great and all, but there is just something about hoodie weather. Football starts and as it starts to cool down a bit, the sun seems less oppressive than when it tries to chase you into air conditioning in the middle of June and July. There are some albums that just scream “fall” to me as well. These albums aren’t necessarily about the season, but something about their feel, tone, tempo, or whatever just makes them fitting.
Despite the fact that it has a song on it called “Summertime” I always tend to break out The Fire Theft’s one and only album as the leaves start to change. The band is made up of members of an earlier band called Sunny Day Real Estate. The album is one of those that you can put on at the beginning and just play it all the way through. It is a very dynamic sound that plays a lot with the loud-soft-loud structure and Jeremy Enigk’s screamy falsetto peppers the whole thing. For me, the entire album balances on the ninth track “Heaven.”
I discovered Death Cab for Cutie in the fall of 2001 with tracks from their album “We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes.” At that time, I was still living in Boston and I remember walking all over the city with a mix of tracks from that album and their debut album that I burned to a disc. I am almost 100% positive I was still rocking a discman in those days. Those songs just seem perfect for this time of year. “Title Track,” “Lowell, MA,” “Little Fury Bugs,” and “Company Calls Epilogue” were a perfect soundtrack for fall, but the one track that does it for me on there is “No Joy in Mudville.” Something about the production on Ben Gibbard’s voice in the chorus of that song gives it a vacant distance that just works.
There are obviously more, but I don’t want to hog it all with my somber-ish Indie Rock choices. Tell me what you guys like to go with when summer ends.