Gus Black, Autumn Days

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Tiny, sweet and intimate, Gus Black's songs shrug off excess and go straight for unvarnished emotion. Black has a soft, tender voice, and it's well-suited to these gentle, acoustic ballads. He has a knack for gentle, subtle orchestration — strings swell behind "Traffic and Sound", organs blink steadily through "Weekend Soldier" and cellos hum through the fragile chorus of "Autumn Days". Even on more aggressive numbers like "Certain Kind of Light", Black keeps things at a slow build, ratcheting up tension without ever granting release. Black is a skilled, singular songwriter and Autumn Days is the perfect introduction.