“At different times, autumn can be the most beautiful and the most melancholy of all seasons. And so it goes for Olenka Krakus and her band, the Autumn Lovers, whose particular brand of balladry treads that line between elegance and sorrow…” - Jam Magazine
Olenka and the Autumn Lovers are a unique musical force. Formed in early 2008 by Polish singer/songwriter Olenka Krakus, the band has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence with elements of North American country and folk music. The band's diverse instruments (classical guitar, cello, violin, pedal steel, lap steel, mandolin, trumpet, etc.) provide a distinctive, orchestral backdrop to Olenka's provocative narratives. Influenced by her memories of Communist Poland and by the country's folklore, Olenka investigates themes of social justice and personal responsibility, populating her songs with melancholy outcasts from both Polish and Canadian landscapes.
In 2008, the band released three albums, including Warsaw Girl, a self-titled full-length, and Papillonette, all three of which showcased the lyrical and melodic diversity that the band was eagerly exploring. The eclectic, sophomore full-length, And Now We Sing (2010), garnered critical acclaim for its lyrical and melodic depth. The band's newest releases include a 7-song EP entitled Hard Times (2012) and the band's first vinyl release, a 3-song 7-inch entitled It's Alright (2013).
In addition to this hectic recording schedule, the band has been busy touring widely and participating in many of the country’s most established festivals, including Pop Montreal, Halifax Pop Explosion, NXNE, CMW, the Home County Folk Festival, and Rifflandia.
O&AL’s music has been compared to that of Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Beirut, Wilco, Cat Power, Gillian Welch, Lhasa, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen.