Autumn Creatures is not a new name, exactly. They’ve been around since at least 2013, but it’s through Funeral Garden that I’ve discovered them. The band is made up of a core of five musicians, and they are joined on this release by a string quartet, which gives a whole new depth to the band’s music.
The band plays an essentially instrumental sort of post-metal with keyboards adding to the usual “metal band” sound. On top of that, the string quartet appears here and there for extended periods of time where atmosphere supersedes riffs. What’s more, this album receives narration, spoken by Gracie Davis, which adds yet another layer to the experience, effectively transforming it in an audio novel of sorts.
Funeral Garden is melancholic and contemplative, ethereal and also tangibly heavy. This is a rather unique experience, and it’s quite memorable.