Autumn Ehinger was in a band. Then it broke up. Everyone moved and Autumn fancied that she would, too. She didn't know where, or even what she would do when she got there, but she knew it was time. Fast forward 2 years later. Autumn reflected on her journey that had taken her from North Carolina to Virginia to Arizona, and even to Japan. She had even gone as far as to move back in with her parents. But our story had already begun.
Even though she longed for it, Autumn could never re-assemble a band: She didn't stay in one place long enough, never found enough time, never made the right friends. Bored in middle-of-nowhere desert trailers and cramped Tokyo apartments, she began writing and recording songs by herself, layering keyboards on top of cheap Casio beats and rhythms stolen from toy noise-makers. This music was called Cassis Orange.
Named after a sugary cocktail drink popular in Japan's karaoke booths, Cassis Orange combines the infectiousness of pop with the fuzziness of lo-fi bedroom melodies. Over glockenspiels and handclaps, simple, sweet lyrics document foreign places, homesickness, and 20-something restlessness. Live, Cassis Orange is sometimes just Autumn, equipped with a drum machine and slide projector to accompany her teal duct-tape-covered keyboard. And sometimes the stars align just right and she is joined by friends to add real-life drums and other instruments on top of the synthetic beats. A party begins. You are all invited.
And what of Autumn's travels, you ask? She's done moving for now. Chapel Hill suits her just fine.
|08.30||Durham||NC||The Layabout||Tennis, Soft Company|
|09.23||Raleigh||NC||Tir Na Nog||Lake Inferior|