Published Mar 30, 2016Autolux's third album sounds like you might expect, based on the fact it's on Danger Mouse's label and that it was produced by BOOTS. If you go into Pussy's Dead with an open mind, and you're willing to accept that Autolux refuse to repeat themselves, you'll appreciate it more — and being a fan of Radiohead and Klaxons will help, too — but if you were hoping for a return to something along the lines of their nearly flawless, unique debut Future Perfect, you'll probably be even more disappointed by this release than their last, Transit Transit. Pussy's Dead takes Autolux further in that tripped out electronic/anti-climactic direction, alternating between sluggish and jittery.
One of the best songs here, "Change Your Head," is an alternate version of "Future Perfect," which appeared on Autolux's self-released debut EP Demonstration in 2001. The serene, simple original showcased piano, sweet fuzzy nothings and Eugene Goreshter's dreamy vocals. The bells and whistles added to the new incarnation (featuring Greg Edwards on vocals) detract from the core beauty, summing up the band's determined effort to offer something different, but not quite living up to their past accomplishments. Similarly, the revamped version of "Reappearing" cuts the meaty guitar work, leaving a dull shell behind. It's another of many decisions fuelled by the band's new vision, offering a new, subdued take on old material.
The most notable new track is the off-kilter "Select All Copy," with its futuristic space-rock take on a classic My Bloody Valentine feel, embodying what Autolux have always stood for. The band have never been run of the mill, and their latest is no exception — it's definitely interesting. And really, that's Pussy's Dead's greatest strength: a fearless sense that evolution always trumps repeating yourself. (30th Century Records)