Everything about Autumn In June is refreshing and genuine. Even the name holds value, acting as a symbol of his feelings of disconnect and uncompromising individualism. His debut, self-entitled album does the same. A far cry from the rap and hip-hop typical to his South Central home, Autumn In June echoes a trip-hop sound, most popular in the UK. The rougher edge and aggression of rap is marginalized in his music. Instead, the trip-hop influence vigorously breaks through in his single, “Weeks.” While the beats act as a pulsing rhythm driving the song, hints of soul seep into the electronic melody.
Unlike most artists, Autumn In June is known for free-styling his lyrics, rather than just writing them, to ensure the lyrics convey raw, honest emotions. He refuses to embellish anything, even harder times. In the song “IDK,” he reminisces on growing up in a city where he felt out of place, singing, “You can only watch so much of yourself just drain away/Before you see what’s left and realize it’s all a waste.”
Autumn In June comes across as effortless, holding the ability to transition from soft-spoken vocals to full note runs with ease. He showcases this, as well as his knack to thrive lyrically, by making ordinary acts drawing, in his song “I’m In Love With Alice Glass,” as he sings, “You saw the autumn leaves that fall then turn into flames/And oh, with every single thought I should replace.” Every track is attracting, touching on universal struggles of heartbreak, poverty, and not fitting in, making it appealing to all listeners. Combined with his unparalleled trip-hop aesthetic, Autumn In June has found a home in his uniqueness.
In A Word: Refreshing