Autumn Andersen // Oh Michigan
Written by Hanna Branch
Michigan native Autumn Andersen released her second EP, Oh Michigan, on October 20th, 2018. Oh Michigan holds a very modest five songs, each one unique in its own way, and includes the two previously released singles, “Michigan” and “Maybe Moving On.” Although the entire EP relies on an acoustic indie-folk vibe, listeners will get a new sound in each song.
The first track, “Michigan,” carries a happy, light tune that pairs beautifully with Andersen’s airy and soft voice. Lyrics like “Five years have gone since my feet felt at home here / But it won’t take too long to feel it again,” speak of someone who had to leave their beloved home and move away, while trying to find a sense of belonging in this new place. In the chorus, Andersen talks about how, to any other person, Michigan might only be “a piece of land” but to her, it’s her home.
The third song, “Maybe Moving On,” is where Oh Michigan changes pace quite literally as the opening drum beats emulate a steady heartbeat. The opening chords feel a bit heavier and louder than the soft acoustics of the first two songs on the EP. “Maybe Moving On” keeps listeners on their feet when they may have thought they had the EP figured out. This particular song could be compared to those of Echosmith, as it carries a poppier feel than the surrounding tracks.
Autumn Andersen has a compelling and confident voice that never gets drowned out by the background instruments. On Oh Michigan, her words are placed front and center and do not disappoint. Andersen’s songs are peaceful, while telling wonderfully articulated stories. This is an EP that would fit well on a playlist while driving with the windows down on a sunny day. I highly suggest giving the EP an honest listen as I’m sure you’ll be humming along in no time.