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Emerald Bluffs‘ latest single, ‘Autumn’s Eve,’ offers a glimpse into the band’s upcoming debut album, ‘FORMATIONS,’ set for release in May. Penned by Oregon-based singer-songwriter Isaac Harris, the song combines dreamy melodies with heartfelt lyrics, inviting listeners into Isaac’s world of personal experiences.

Isaac’s creative vision for ‘Autumn’s Eve’ comes to life with talented musicians like Jordan Lapp on saxophone, Francesca Pratt on drums, Erick Gonzalez on bass, and backing vocals from Haley Gaertner, alongside Isaac himself on vocals, lead guitar, and synthesizers. Influenced by an eclectic mix of artists such as The Shins, 311, Marcy Playground, The Strokes, and Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Emerald Bluffs presents a sound that feels refreshingly original.

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The track opens with the gentle resonance of Tibetan Healing Bowls against a bustling café soundscape, setting a paradoxical tone. It’s a curious beginning that prompts reflection. Personally, I interpret it as a gentle reminder to find moments of tranquility amidst life’s chaos.

Shortly after, Isaac’s vocals enter, with an immediate resonance reminiscent of singers like Elliott Smith. The thin nature of the vocal allows emotion and tenderness to shine through, paired with staccatoed electric guitar, mid-tempo drums, and bass, creating a rhythmic, meandering musical landscape that becomes almost hypnotic as the song progresses.

Isaac’s commitment to originality is clear as he eschews imitation, resulting in a sound that feels authentic and genuine. Despite being titled ‘Autumn’s Eve,’ the song evokes lazy, hazy summer day beach vibes.

The absence of a traditional chorus in ‘Autumn’s Eve’ is also notable. Instead, the song relies on a catchy saxophone melody, hypnotic rhythm, and vocal harmonies to maintain engagement. Clever production layers like the counterpoint between sax and guitar add depth.

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Smartly, Emerald Bluffs have kept the track short, clocking in at around two and a half minutes. This way ‘Autumn’s Eve’ maintains interest long enough and, in the final section, draws the listener in with the introduction of female vocals and the recurring refrain of “on this Autumn, on this Autumn’s Eve,” which does manage to create an almost mantra-like sense of chorus closure before gently fading out. Interestingly enough, having this occur almost brings the song back to the full-circle state of the introduction, making the track very meditational and transcendental.

Lyrically, Isaac draws from personal experiences—his post-college years spent chasing seasonal jobs across the West and the fleeting romances that accompanied them. This depth transforms ‘Autumn’s Eve’ from a simple love song into a poignant reflection on youth, love, and the passage of time.

Emerald Bluffs’ ‘Autumn’s Eve’ shows a musical craftsman seeking originality and heartfelt storytelling. With its clever instrumentation, evocative lyrics, and hypnotic melodies, the single is uniquely brilliant and sets high expectations for the band’s forthcoming debut album.

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Emerald Bluffs’ latest single ‘Autumn’s Eve’ offers a blend of dreamy melodies and heartfelt lyrics, setting the stage for their highly anticipated debut album ‘FORMATIONS.’ Singer-songwriter Isaac Harris leads listeners on a journey through personal experiences, crafting a sound that is refreshingly original and evocative.
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Matt Warren

Matt Warren is a Cheshire based musician who studied contemporary music and composition. When not writing for The Indie Grid he enjoys watching 'Breaking Bad' on continuous loop and going to gigs. Since a youngster his fave band have been 'The Beatles' (with 'Cardiacs' in at a close second)... and this still applies to this day.

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