Autopilot is for Lovers
Autopilot is for Lovers
Autopilot Is For Lovers is the Indie-Americana conception of Portland duo Adrienne Hatkin and Paul Seely. Both haunting and delicate, Hatkins vocal vibratos seem to reveal our fortunes with lyrical poignancy that acknowledges our own mortality. Set against her trill stylings are resplendent soundscapes of instrumentation replete with glockenspiels, casiotones, pianos, guitars, banjos, accordions and driving drum beats that reminds one of one’s own beating heart. Autopilot Is For Lovers makes music that is as chilling as it is warming, tempting listeners with a world of sound where secrets are subtly revealed, only to be truly reflected upon hours after the music has stopped.
Though the band was formed in 2005 elements of their sound appear to have risen out of a much earlier time of long rides, dusty roads and new found skepticism. Separately, each half of the pair have been honing their craft as musicians since they were children. As a child in Montclair, New Jersey, Hatkin cultivated an interest in music, writing pop songs in her head, complete with little imagined trumpet parts. Though she says she “had no idea what [she] was talking about” in her juvenescence as a songwriter, she was still nurturing what is now true musicianship. Similarly, Seely has spent many years pursuing his own musical endeavors, growing up in Salem, Oregon singing in choirs and playing drums, guitar, keys and trombone.
Perhaps best known for playing a variety of instruments in fellow Portland band, The Builders and the Butchers, Paul is no stranger to the northwest music scene having, for some years, played with a number of bands: Sixbidsolo, Local Heroes, The Trees are For Us, The Ball and the Biscuit, Proheron Statement, Elkteeth, and Porches. Seely’s passion for music did not stop at instrumentation and performance, though. For about six years he has been engineering and recording bands such as, Speaker Rhodes, Viking Funeral and Doctor Helicopter.
In 2008 Autopilot Is For Lovers released its Sore Eyes EP on Stereotype Records, a seven-song production that Paul POP! of First Coast News calls a “fascinating listen because of just how rustic and mysterious Autopilot sounds.” Presently, the pair is getting ready to release their debut full-length album, To The Wolves, a record that propels audiences into a world where the music grips the creature of our being and wrings out the conscience. To The Wolves is due for release in spring 2009 on Bladen County Records.
Adrienne Hatkin - guitar, accordion, banjo, piano, vocals.
Paul Seely - drums, glockenspiel, bass, melodica, trumpet, casiotone, guitar.