Autumn Wetli, singer & multi-instrumentalist of Bad Indians, quietly toiled on bedroom demos of her solo material for a few years before cassettes of her dusk-colored songs started appearing almost as unassumingly as her quiet house gigs, both under the name Rebel Kind.
Laurel Canyon is the first vinyl release from this project, recorded at Life Like HQ before the group expanded to the live trio form it now takes. Instead, the nine songs here are Autumn on her own, groundless and wandering desert terrain or tucked into a blank-walled room in a haunted mansion in the hills where untold tragedies played out in a forgotten age. Whispering angst, acoustic emptiness, deteriorating returns of hopeless proposals and the dark feeling of waiting on something to happen that you know never ever will. Autumn's harmonies guide the relatively spare songs, sounding like some incredible early '70s private press loner folk record that never happened, or demos from Neil Young if he was born 40 years later than he was but didn't really let it get to him.
Gorgeous silk-screened covers by vgkids.com, strictly limited to 200 copies.