Album Review: Fernway - 'Autocrave'
Updated: Jun 20, 2022
Rising Buffalo New York pop-rock band Fernway turn the genre on its head with their upbeat and stimulating multi-genre debut album release, Autocrave.
Pop-rock is a vast, productive, and continuous space, changing and evolving within the years to compete against the tides of time. But there are always a few bands within the modern era that will come to our attention, brimming with creative zeal, with unique soundscapes that keep your auditory attention span.
"Weakend Life" is the best baroscopic summer track on the whole album. With warm summery guitar riffs that interweave with some of the best drum and vocal work on the record, this will quickly become a track many will return to on Autocrave."
Bands like New York-based Fernway come to mind and their audacious pop-rock sensibilities, stabs of alternative emo zest, and afternotes of jazz harmonies are redefining what it means to be a pop-rock band. Their new release, Autocrave, tests this authentically layered multi-genre instrumental approach and on many levels succeeds, showing the talent and prowess the up-and-coming band has room to grow within this competitive genre.
Autocrave starts with a bright synth number, "Mountain Climber." An infectious track sugarcoated with dreamy synth soundscapes and gorgeous guitar grooves, it kickstarts the album into high gear for the next great math-rock-infused moment on this album, "XXIII." Combined with the multi-layered smooth vocal control from vocalist RJ DeMarco, things start strong in this experience.
"Try Smiling" is an exceptional instrumental effort on all parts, especially percussively by Tanner DeMarco. With added gang vocals that tie nicely into the atmospheric experience, this will be a great track to hear live by the band.
"Weakend Life" is the best baroscopic summer track on the whole album. With warm summery guitar riffs that interweave with some of the best drum and vocal work on the record, this will quickly become a track many will return to on Autocrave.
"Stay Well" and "Compass Free" are other lavishly ethereal experiences on the record. At this point, Fernway has done well at displaying emotionally engaging moments wrapped with lovely technical instrumental ingenuity, and these continue to be leading examples of that.
Autocrave is an impressive first start for the Buffalo pop-rock band. With a multi-range sound that does not let up and even surprises you with some unique twists and turns along the way, Fernway is on the right track to being something special and deserves a listen if you're into pop-rock that is immersive, honest, and original.