We recently checked out Philadelphia based alt pop artist Autumn Luz and her red hot debut single “Heat”
Autumn Luz has spent much of her life longing for the opportunity to pursue music in a serious way. As a child, she begged for piano lessons, but her family couldn’t afford them. During arts high school and college, she taught herself piano on gorgeous, in-tune Steinway pianos she found hidden in practice rooms. Today, the Philly-based solo artist boldly steps outside of music room nooks and give us “Heat”
“As with a lot of people, the pandemic became a time when I started to connect with what really mattered to me, and to make room for that in my life,” Autumn says. “It’s been a long journey to get here. I’m not sure what felt scarier, thinking about what people would say, or facing the topics and lyrics I put in my songs. In the beginning, I whispered them because I wasn’t ready to say these things out loud. Now, I am not afraid of being the woman I am.”
Autumn has been a welfare kid, a prep school kid, a University of Chicago dropout, a complex trauma survivor, a ballet director, an MBA grad, and a data tech leader, all while managing a genetic medical condition. All of which has made her what she today ,a focused artist with a well-developed signature aesthetic that embraces hues of blues, jazz, and alt-rock. Her songs glower with the passion of working through inner conflicts and contradictions, and the search for truths and wholeness. “What attracts me in music is raw authenticity. I am not afraid to explore dark places. That’s the only thing I hope to follow: the courage to be passionately authentic,” she says. With her on these revealing musical explorations are genre-busting multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and arranger Samwe, and composer, pianist, and guitarist Sarun Charumilind.
Autumn Luz give an absolutely phenomenal vocal performance with “Heat” it has this real unique retro feel and sense of authenticity that really makes you take notice . “Heat” is the kind of song that you not hear but it has a deep soul to it that you can feel
We found it fascinating to learn that the single, Heat, in concept and execution, is aligned with its evocative title. Those little click noises are samples from Autumn recording turning on her stovetop burner. The song is a dizzying cocktail of achingly soulful vocals, sensual blues melodicism, jazz chordal sophistication, and unvarnished alt-rock groove. Thematically, Heat, oozes a fierce sensuality that only can come from empowering self-discovery. One standout lyric passage is: Give me that heat from my feet to my cheek / Make it flow, make me burst like caviar / Give me paprika, comino, saffron(Ginger and cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon) / Give me that sweetness to make me feel weakness / Melt into my dreams of all your sugar and lime, but / I will burn myself every time.
“Heat was probably the first time I really got in touch with my soulful side as a songwriter, and it coincided with also uncovering some powerful parts of myself that had been hidden away for a really long time,” Autumn reveals. ““Heat was probably the first time I really got in touch with my soulful side as a songwriter, and it coincided with also uncovering some powerful parts of myself that had been hidden away for a really long time,” Autumn reveals. “It illustrates the arc of intense feelings for a romantic flame, from the first spark of connection through the depth of that connection, passion, fantasy, desire, and the underlying fears of taking a risk and potential consequences to vulnerability.”It illustrates the arc of intense feelings for a romantic flame, from the first spark of connection through the depth of that connection, passion, fantasy, desire, and the underlying fears of taking a risk and potential consequences to vulnerability.”
The song features the smooth bass stylings of Mitch Beer (Digable Planets, Stereo League); and the vocals were recorded at the legendary Milkboy Studios (Lana Del Rey, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus) by Grammy-winning engineer, Sam Rosen (H.E.R., Diandra Ailene, Jazmine Sullivan) who also mixed the track. Grammy-nominated engineer Ryan Schwabe (Baauer, Pussy Riot, Cochise) put his golden finishing touch mastering Heat.
You can check out the video for “Heat” below
We cannot wait for more music from Autumn Luz .