Autumn Luz Releases 90s Alt Rock Inspired Single “Speed”

Philadelphia-based musician Autumn Luz released her new single “Speed” earlier this week. If you listened to our singles roundup podcast episode from a few months ago, you heard her jazz lounge bop “Heat” – but on this new song, she’s channeling 90s alt rock. Citing Fiona Apple and Tracy Bonham as influences, Luz crafts a melancholic and hypnotic melody.

The track begins with an atmospheric and somber guitar before Luz’s smoky voice cuts in with, “I have a car but I don’t really drive / What’s wrong with you girl, you got something to hide?” There’s an ominous energy to the song which intermingles with its sense of longing, creating an evocative and almost dissonant tone. In a statement, Luz explains that “Speed” is “about the absurdity and frustrations of getting impatient and then getting ahead of oneself. It describes the intensity of those bewildering complexities and the overwhelm that can result.”

A number of talented folks helped bring Luz’s vision to life on this track. Multi-instrumentalist Samwe provided guitars and arranged the track with Luz, AfterAudio also provides guitars along with bass, and drums were performed by New Jersey’s David Joseph. The vocals for the track were recorded at Philadelphia’s Milkboy Studios by Grammy-winning engineer Sam Rosen.

Watch the music video for “Speed” below.

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