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Autumn Favorites

This is far from comprehensive, just a list of albums that remind me of fall.
1Julia Holter

Holter breathes enticing melodies into the music seemingly without effort, and they swirl around like leaves caught in an updraft – wispy and insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
2Animal Collective
Fall Be Kind

An obvious inclusion because of the title and corresponding aesthetic/theme. Album just feels like walking on crunchy leaves in a forest, surrounded by nature.
Hollow Ponds

A bit cold, could maybe even see this passing for a winter album, but the airy acoustics and dark vibes give it the feel of a brisk November morning.
4Grizzly Bear
Horn of Plenty

Massively underrated album. Feels like camping out beneath the stars in October; there's a rawness to the unfinished production that is very endearing.
5Kevin Morby
Singing Saw

Morby's best album is also his most atmospheric. This record could fit the above description if it weren't so polished. This is more of a night time walk, weighing the meaning of life in the process.
6The Antlers
In the Attic of the Universe

Another borderline fall/winter album, this one is both minimally produced (giving it that raw "crunches on leaves" sensation) and rooted in acoustics, giving it a very down-to-earth sound that feels right at home in late Autumn.
7Shakey Graves
Can't Wake Up

Album isn't afraid to get weird and some of it feels creepy/spooky ("Counting Sheep", "Big Bad Wolf), which makes it a great October spin.
8Brand New

From the raw screaming throughout to the rampant forest imagery, this is a stalwart Fall classic.
9Silversun Pickups
Neck of the Woods

This album almost has a "house of horrors" atmosphere; lots of allusions to ghosts, "Bloody Mary", et al.
10The Republic of Wolves
His Old Branches

For many of the same reasons as Daisy, the debut from these Brand New disciples falls into that creepy Autumn sweet spot consisting of spiritual and natural allusions.
11Sharon Van Etten
Are We There

This one might be a little harder to explain than some of the predecessors on the list, but this album's emotional detachment and grayscale imagery/artwork all feels very reflective. It's that still-frame, contemplative aura that hits so hard on those rainy September afternoons.
I Was Here For a Moment, Then I Was Gone

I don't frequent the post-rock genre, but this is one I always return to. There's a sweeping urgency to this album and a transience that feels representative of the season: here for a moment, and then gone.

This heart-wrenching album sets the perfect tone for any breakup. The crashing guitars and finality of it all give it a waning feel that is relatable as the leaves shrivel up into a dry-brown and parachute to to their demise.
14Circa Survive
The Amulet

Of all the Circa Survive albums, this one has the tightest atmosphere. There's a foggy mystique throughout that sounds great any time of year, but is absolutely untouchable in Autumn when the sun starts disappearing earlier and the temperature changes cause a mist to rise over the mountains.
The Reckoning

This oft-forgotten piece of folk-rock/Americana is one of the band's strongest works. There's an earthy crunch to the guitars and drums here, and the added spook of the country falsetto in songs such as "Oohs and Ahhs" make it a perfect fit in October.
16The National
Sleep Well Beast

Many National albums could fit the Autumn vibe due to their overall dejection and wistfulness, but SWB takes the "buzzes like a fridge" atmosphere to new levels. This whole album feels like a regretful look at the past; perfect for reflecting on those long drives beneath a canopy of trees changing over to brown and orange.
17The Tallest Man on Earth
Dark Bird Is Home

Most Tallest Man records remind me of Spring or Summer, but this one has more of a rock-oriented vibe that lends itself less to new beginnings and more to fond farewells. On the closer, Matsson sings "But now I need to go, oh, fuck" and it's followed by a crescendo of drums, pianos, and strings. Something about that moment, and the album as a whole, just begs to be listened to while taking a late September road trip through the countryside.
18Wolf Alice
Visions of a Life

Here's another whose raw nature gives it that carefree, "outdoors where you can see your breath" sensation. Wolf Alice's aimless meandering between raucous shouts and electronics-bathed melodic singing is absolutely amazing on this highly underrated gem.
19Chelsea Wolfe
Birth of Violence

The acoustically dominated atmospheres and dark, foreboding lyrical themes make this an easy September/October favorite.
20All The Luck In The World
A Blind Arcade

Gorgeous, pristine acoustics typically take me to Spring or Summer, but there's an airy, mountainous, natural overarching vibe here that brings my mind to frosty Autumn mornings and mysterious, foggy rivers.
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