Art rock collective The Pull of Autumn have teamed up with Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James of I.R.S. recording artist FASHION on ‘Funhouse’, the latest offering from the collective’s fourth album ‘Beautiful Broken World’, an ambitious 15-track undertaking that began in early 2020. James is a key player in The Pull of Autumn, having contributed to every album released to date.
Earlier, the band released ‘Outlaw Empire’ featuring The Pop Group legend Mark Stewart and bassist Doug Wimbish (Living Colour, Tackhead, The Rolling Stones, Sugarhill Gang), which was remixed by legendary producer Adrian Sherwood. That was followed by ‘Live Today’ with Tokyo dreamgazers Once Grace Forever.
This record involves a number of iconic artists, including Philip Parfitt of The Perfect Disaster, Stuart Moxham of Rough Trade postpunk band Young Marble Giants and John Neff, who has contributed to multiple David Lynch films and is also a member of David Lynch’s Blubob.
The Pull of Autumn is a ‘super group’ of sorts, with songs orbiting around Rhode Island artist Daniel Darrow of Johanna’s House of Glamour and involving numerous emerging and notable musicians from the local music scene and further abroad. The band’s debut 2018 eponymous album was followed by ‘Afterglow’ in 2019 and ‘Small Colors’ in 2020.
“This song is about how people in rural communities used to have to wait a year for the circus/ carnival to come to town. Then it would be gone. As opposed to the oceans of distraction and “entertainment” that the human race currently wallows around in,” says Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James.
Daniel Darrow adds, “For ‘Funhouse’, I wanted to add an inner-ear sound that would give the track an otherworldly sound. Luke is a fabulous writer and easily grasps many different sounds in sound design. We’ve been friends since 2018 and I’m glad we have a wonderful friendship as well as shared interest in all types of music.”
Album produced by Daniel Darrow
Mastered by Bruce Macleod
Album cover art by Joyce Raskin White
‘Funhouse’ video by Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James
‘Outlaw Empire’ video by Rick Humphrey (That Twisted Wreckage)
‘Live Today’ video created by Rosie Varela (EEP)
01. Beautiful Broken World (with Daniel Darrow)
02. She Writes The Words (with Leigh Gregory)
03. Come Winter (with Stuart Moxham)
04. Moonbeams (with Family Band)
05. Lost Guitar (with Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James)
06. John Clare (with Philip Parffitt)
07. Outlaw Empire (with Mark Stewart, Doug Wimbish & Adrian Stewart)
08. Little Hands (with Bruce Macleod)
09. Never Swayed (with Julius Manning)
10. Moukie (with Mina Norouzi)
11. Images of Light (with Matthew Darrow)
12. Funhouse (with Luke ‘Skyscraper’ James)
13. You Will Live Again (with Julius Manning)
14. Live Today (with Once Grace Forever)
15. In Silence (with Rick Humphrey)
“A gem… A genuine and welcome earworm” ~ Big Takeover Magazine
“Solid and innovative. Simultaneously upbeat and trippy, it has a very high feel-good vibe” ~ The Record Stache
“Better to travel well than to arrive… this band is not about merely travelling, this is exploration down the unbeaten paths of the glorious unknown” ~ The Swindonian
“Beautiful… Pure and simple. Lyrically emotional and thought-provoking. It has perfect instrumentation and musicality” ~ Spill Magazine