Au Preps N.A. Tour

 

“Palpable joy” from Portland.

By Blurt Staff

 

When Portland, Oregon,
outfit  Au dropped their second album Verbs (Aagoo) recently, the gasp
emanating from critics and the blogosphere was more than just audible — it felt
like a tremor in the popverse. As BLURT ourselves (itself?) uttered in a
review, “
Pitched somewhere between the arty campfire songs of Animal
Collective, the whole-grain, free-jazz clap-alongs of Akron/Family, and the
choral ephemeries of Grizzly Bear, Luke Wyland’s Au plays feel-good
experimentalia. It is joyful, explosive and improvisatory… one of this year’s
most joyful experiments.”

 

Au (pronounced ‘ay you’) is the
brainchild of Luke Wyland, but for his sophomore outing he put together a
“proper” band: multi-instrumentalists Johnathan Sielaff and Mark Kaylor, plus
assists from a slew of Portland frends including vocalists Sarah Winchester (of
Team Love recording artists A Weather) and Becky Dawson (of Ah Holly Fam’ly,
Saw Whet), as well as members of Yellow Swans, Parenthetical Girls, and
Evolutionary Jass Band.

 

According to the label the album was “recorded
over three days at Portland’s
Type Foundry Studios and finished over a subsequent two-month period in
Wyland’s own attic studio… [It] seamlessly segues through new and unlikely
ecstatic extremes with an arresting economy. Breakout Pop jams like “RR
vs. D” rub shoulders comfortably with retreating meditations (“Two
Seasons”, “Summer Heat”)-the record’s several distinct movements
working at once with more autonomy and cohesion-with arrangements that stretch
in longhand across the album’s length.

 

Verbs is the elated realization
of those many asymmetrical pop diamonds that shone so brightly throughout Au’s
artful debut (whose warm, Appalachia-informed gems found many favorable
comparisons to the far-reaching likes of Arnold Dreyblatt, Animal Collective,
Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Grizzly Bear)-its many swift and unexpected
evolutions shepherded confidently by Wyland’s competent, classically-trained
hand. As surprising as it is immediate, Verbs is infused with all of the
earnest and palpable joy of its creation-the delightfully enveloping whole of
which demands to be heard.”

 

 

Catch that palpable joy on tour – the
band will be heading out to do dates with the Dodos and Deerhoof.

 

 

 

Au Tour Dates:

 

Tue-Aug 12- Brooklyn, NYC- Monkeytown (early and late shows)
Sun-Sep 28- Baltimore, MD- Sonar
Mon-Sep 29- New York, NY- The Spiegeltent
Tue-Sep 30- Middletown, CT- Wesleyan University
Thu-Oct 2- Boston, MA- Museum of Fine Arts
Fri-Oct 3- Hanover, NH- Dartmouth College
Sat-Oct 4- Montreal, QC- La Sala Rossa
Mon-Oct 6- Toronto, ON- Horseshoe Tavern
Wed-Oct 8- Chicago, IL- The Bottom Lounge
Fri-Oct 10- Richmond, IN- Earlham College
Sat-Oct 11- Columbus, OH- Milo Arts
Mon-Oct 13- Omaha, NE- Slowdown
Tue-Oct 14- Minneapolis, MN- First Avenue
Wed-Oct 15- Milwaukee, WI- Turner Hall
Thu-Oct 16- Bloomington, IN- Buskirk- Chumley Theater

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