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AUTUMN MOONLIGHT

Post Rock/Math rock • Argentina


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AUTUMN MOONLIGHT is the name of a project that eventually became a proper band. Founded by two young and talented musicians, guitarist Alejandro Tomas Barrionuevo and bassist Mariano Spadafora, AUTUMN MOONLIGHT has currently become an important reference of post-rock made in Argentina through the years, especially since the duo has disseminated its musical material in the Internet. Both musicians alone deliver the performances of their material: keyboards, orchestrations and drum parts are delivered through a VST Interface - that's all!!

The duo cites GOD IS AN ASTRONAUT, MOONCAKE, SIGUR ROS and TOE as some of its major influences. The first version of the band's debut album "The Sky Over Your Shoulders" was released in 2009, initially distributed in audio format accessible to Internet users, but in early 2010, the album eventually also benefited from re-recording and post-production procedures, ultimately leading to a more formal mechanism of edition and distribution through the viajero Inmóvil label.

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4.03 | 17 ratings
The Sky Over Your Shoulders
2010
3.17 | 4 ratings
Alter Reality
2012

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 Alter Reality by AUTUMN MOONLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.17 | 4 ratings

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Alter Reality
Autumn Moonlight Post Rock/Math rock

Review by AtomicCrimsonRush
Special Collaborator Symphonic Team

3 stars Autumn Moonlight are a project by two Argentinian artists Mariano Spadafora who plays bass, piano, VSTI, and Tomas Barrionuevo who plays guitars, piano, VSTI. The album is entirely instrumental and moves effortlessly from melancholy guitar picking to heavy distorted metal riffs. 'alter reality' is nicely packaged with cool icy chill winter tree on a dark night. The music is icy too opening the title track with chilling reverberated guitar, beautifully played and then it builds into an aggressive distortion and the tempo quickens.

'Where all begins' is a calm guitar and steady rhythm until an onslaught of chunky metal riffs dominate at the end. The balance between light and dark keeps the listener interested. On 'Ghost' the music locks into a chugging riff as reverb lead guitar is overlaid; a very ethereal quality. This is a great start to the album generating feelings of isolation and remorse; the music evokes passionate feelings that one may experience in times of sorrow or regret.

'Odyssey' opens with a minimalist lonely piano and a marching drum joins in, then a pulsing bassline and atmospherics. It feels like a heavy Sigur Ros approach, or God is an Astronaut may be influential. 'Outer sunset' opens with crashing waves and then a grungy guitar chord over quiet piano, the balance works well. Then we are treated to a mesmerising lead break, where the guitar soars with sustained beauty. This is one of my favourite tracks on 'Alter Reality'. It is long at 7 minutes but has some haunting passages and hypnotic melodies that latch onto the senses.

'Falling sky' has an isolated piano that is very pretty. This builds with a heavy guitar phrase over the simple melody. 'Between wars' has some exceptional guitar work and a steady rhythm. This is relaxing, tranquil music. It later has a metal distortion crashing through, than releases into gentle guitar delay effects. 'Moving on' is also peaceful and then things kick up a notch with the heavy rock of 'Trine'. This one again moves from full distortion to calm relaxing guitar strumming.

'The eternal smile' has a beautiful sound with guitar delay soloing, and this builds into a fast tempo and heavy distortion. '28.5' closes things with soulful piano, that is easy to sleep to.

Overall this is a very nice instrumental album. It could be good to play while studying or relaxing as it has a great sound; not too dreamy due to explosions of distorted metal riffing. It is a good album for those after an instrumental album with excellent guitar and keyboard workouts.

 The Sky Over Your Shoulders by AUTUMN MOONLIGHT album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.03 | 17 ratings

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The Sky Over Your Shoulders
Autumn Moonlight Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Cesar Inca
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars For the present year 2010, especially the latter half, Argentina has been a gentle provider of great progressive music from outside the European and North American realms, and this post-rock duo Autumn Moonlight is no exception at all. AM's debut album has a pre-historic phase of digital free downloading in 2009 before its official 2010 release: re-recording, refurbishment and slight modifications in the tracklist determine the reality of "The Sky Over Your Shoulders" as the world is supposed to know it. After listening to this album, even if it's only once, the listener has to ponder and admire the amazing fact that the rhythmic schemes, orchestral additions, instrumental nuances and varied textures that stand beyond the guitar/bass guitar inputs have been created via computer tools and programs. And I'm not saying this as praise for the use of technology in itself but for the use of technology with such musical depth and such artistic cleverness. Well, the result is a vividly embellished sort of post-rock that is patently melodically driven as well as friendly with some specific patterns of structural pomposity that we usually find connected to the symphonic prog standard. Few times like this we find the post-rock pattern so closely related to the progressive formalities. Now it's time to focus on the tracklist itself. 'Autumn Moonlight' gets things started in a most stylish fashion, due to its pristine architecture of guitar chords and the rhythm duo's controlled dynamics: while bearing a dominantly reflective mood, the melodic scheme and the vivid instrumentation bring out a distinctly optimistic vibe. The noise of sea waves in the shore paves the way for the second track, 'Dawn Of Atlantis', whose initial piano motif announces yet another delivery of crystalline atmospheres and elegantly driven electricity. The recurrent 7/8 tempo mandates an effective musical intelligence for the ongoing sense of warmth: this track encapsulates what I earlier tried to describe as "symphonic-oriented post-rock". The predominant lyricism continues to assert itself for track # 3, 'Letters To God', and not only that, it also becomes increasingly epic: at this point, the band's framework draws a bit closer to the power-ballad standard that one can expect from a regular prog metal album. Once the main body's has been emphasized enough, the basic sonority becomes calmer, which makes the whole thing turn more ceremonious and introverted. Now that I casually mentioned the prog-metal thing, it is fair to say that 'The Outsider' is the track that works on this area more meticulously: there are also hints to space-rock in its development, but the ballsy nature of the main riffs and the well-constructed guitar solo leaves no room for confusion regarding the presence of prog-metal as the central ingredient for this specific track. Between these two pieces, 'T.O.R.' delivers a sort of midway between the introspective languidness of the second half of 'Letters To God' and the opener's colorful lyricism. 'Lost Paradise' is another example of AM's introspective side, but this time there is nothing about that can properly be described as languid: there is an explicit sense of energy and power that is inevitably instilled in this track's compositional framework, and so the namesake piece is ready to enter and settle a typical post-rock atmosphere, eerie and subtly adorned. Well, the album's last 5 minutes are occupied by 'Autumn Moonlight Part II', which deepens the introspective side that had been reinforced throughout the previous two pieces in order to generate an amazing crescendo and a subsequent epic climax. This display of bombastic exquisiteness is followed by a lovely coda that features soft piano and bass guitar interplaying. "The Sky Over Your Shoulders" is, first and most of all, a beautiful piece of artistic rock, and as such, it must serve as a motivator for all prog collectors everywhere to pay due attention to Autumn Moonlight.
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