Confess the Fire is the third album of Melbourne band Autumnal.

Closely following 2012 release Hemisphere, Confess the Fire continues singer songwriter Richard Besley’s exploration of relationship turmoil but with a shift in theme from loss and loneliness to infatuation – life on ‘the rebound’. The new songs oscillate between fragile euphoria and exquisite pain.

“[Richard Besley's] songs resemble poems of painful reflection and are delivered as though he were a mate calmly pouring out his heart ….. atmospheric arrangements add to the emotion and mood, while breezy acoustic instrumentals serve to break up the intensity.....there is a great deal of beauty in his suffering.” The Sydney Morning Herald

Long time collaborator and producer Wez Prictor (Mick Harvey) has steered the sound away from Autumnal’s folk roots, shifting gears on the slow burn rock of Makes Me Happy and soaring power ballad Bamboozle. Less folk and more pop, this finely crafted record of catchy tunes is ultimately life affirming and uplifting.

Recorded by David McCluney (Nick Cave) at Altantis Sound it features Dave Beck (Mark Seymour) on drums and Joe Creighton (John Farnham) on bass.

Recommended tracks :          Makes Me Happy, Bamboozle, Confess the Fire

 
 
Hemisphere was reviewed by Paul Smith in today's Sydney Morning Herald. He gave it 3 and 1/2 stars. Here's an excerpt:

"[Singer songwriter Richard Besley's] songs resemble poems of painful reflection and are delivered as though he were a mate clamly pouring out his heart....gentle atmospheric arrangements add to the emotion and mood, while breezy acoustic instrumentals serve to break up the intensity...there is a great deal of beauty in his suffering."
 
 
We've just never been able to answer the question "who does Autumnal sound like?" According to Pandora's Genome Project, Autumnal sounds like The Saw Doctors, Joe Brooks, Matt Ellis and Gold leaves. We've never heard of these guys so I guess we've got some listening to do! Thanks Pandora...
 

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11/15/2012

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Australian community radio has embraced Hemisphere. It’s getting played in all kinds of places – Portland (Solid Gold -33RPC), Armidale (the Long Walk Home – 2UNE), Kalgoolie (Tjuma Pulka), My Gambia (5GTR) etc etc share the love….

 
 
Autumnal has signed to Renegade Music Marketing for music lisencing in the US - YAY!
 
 
Hemisphere has been added to Pandora, biggest internet radio in the world with 30 million uses. For those of you not familiar with Pandora, it tailors an individual radio station for each user based on your preferences. So they are analysing Hemisphere to work who will like it and then start playing them tracks - cool hey!
 
 
Autumnal was back in the studio in June laying down tracks for a new record. The vibe is a bit rockier. We've got a new rhythm section with Danny Finkelstein on drums and Tim Chambers on bass. Wez is back in the producers chair : )