The darkness set in around 7:45 last night – the Fall is relentless in its approach this time of year. Rather than lament the summer now gone, it is time to start thinking about bonfires, pumpkin beer, and flannels (I’m in the Seattle area, after all). The perfect complement to those mandatory Autumnal delights is music that revels in the spirit of the season. Some of my fondest memories involve sitting around a fire, listening to friends play songs by The Smiths, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and whatever other tunes are easy to sing along to. Each Fall brings some variation of this bit of nostalgic story telling, but what can I say? A good time was had by all. Records that evoke those feelings can be hard to come by – if an artist tries too hard, it can sound a little too earnest. Off the cuff recordings bring the opposite problem – it can sound a little ragged. Malleability is the new record from Connecticut based indie artist Dan Florio, and it delivers a strong set of tunes in an Autumnal spirit.
The late 70’s / early 80’s post-punk scene is probably my favorite period of music. The music made immediately in the aftermath of punk reveled in experimentation, DIY recording techniques, and endless creativity. My top 10 albums would include at least 5 albums from this time period (though to be honest, my top 10 changes quite often). Bands that create this brand of music in 2012 usually fall within two categories – those that mine the original era for inspiration and sound like they are actually from 1979 and those that update the sound for the modern-day, sometimes losing the darkness that is the appeal (for me, anyway). Wonky Doll and the Echo are a modern post-punk band from Greece that fall into the 1st category.