Step right up! Come one, come all! Au has a new album! Luke Wyland’s done it again! It sounds like the entire city of Portland came down for the recording of this album with over 30 collaborators making an appearance on Verbs. Horns, voices, pounding of discordant piano, clapping, and the unmistakable twang of love and community.
It’s one thing to have a group of 20 chanting together, but it’s quite another when it makes sense — and makes you wonder what kind of demonry was used to ease them into soothing chords (“All My Friends”) and then stir them up into a frenzy (“Are Animals”). There’s a theme of possession here, but only in the spiritual sense. Chaos is regurgitated in the ears and it has never sounded so jubilant and sparkling (“RR vs. D”). At the end of the album, Au rocks you to sleep, to dream of brighter skies and mobs of hugging and smiles.
By the way, it’s pronounced “ay-yoo” like its letters. Yeah, I had to look it up and make sure too.
Who they remind you of: Anathallo, Architecture in Helsinki, Le Loup