Farewell Milwaukee: Autumn Rest Easy Review
Farewell Milwaukee is a roots-rock-folky-type band that openly embraces their Midwest origins, and their album Autumn Rest Easy may well have you thinking of your favorite Midwestern areas while you listen to it.
Each track paints a different image in my mind, taking me and my mind along for a story. It’s a story that I have some control over- much like a lucid day dream, or a vivid memory. “Liar” is that song that can be likened to the experience of driving alone late at night on the outskirts of Minneapolis after a shitty day, while “I’m So Blind” makes me think of rambling down a winding country road up north. “Coming ‘Round to Get You” takes me back to childhood neighborhoods and past mistakes I’ve made with friends. The album’s title song though is easily my favorite. The slow-moving tune envelopes me, making me feel as though I am on the inside of the beautiful artwork that adorns the album’s cover.
With only one or two tracks that I could do without, Autumn Rest Easy is a very strong piece of work. The vocals can be a bit strained at times, but generally it more than suits the style. The songs’ strength is in their variety – the band does a good job of not just repeating the same songs over and over with only different lyrics each time. The music and lyrics both have the ability to grab and keep my attention, while at the same time allowing me to zone out and focus on whatever else is happening around me in the moment if need be.
Lastly one thing in particular I enjoyed about this album is its ability to elicit calm from me after a particularly stressful day. I definitely look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
— Soozie Zawistowski