AU

AU’s third album, Both Lights, is a recurring dream. Eleven songs made by the Portland, Oregon-based duo Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka, it’s a story of Time. Three years to be exact: since their critically-acclaimed 2008 album Verbs and its 2009 EP evolution Versions, there’s been a long exhale. A little defiance of the double-speed countdown of the indie hype clock. And a hell of a lot of living. Turn it on. 

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More than a mere accompaniment, it’s a gleaming mirror. It’s an exaltation, an exhalation, a monument of extreme composition, the child of collaboration and isolation, a preamble to a wild live show, a statue intact in the violent wind of art and commerce, and, simply, a record about love. It’s for itself, and, in being that, it’s an album that can be understood like a person. “It’s the topography of me,” says Wyland. So you follow the coordinates. In its eleven songs, Both Lights constructs new sonic and psychological terrain for the listener. It unfolds like a story, both in its hyper-attentive, graceful, and often fierce instrumentation — the language of Wyland and Valatka — and in its heated and naked emotion. “This is all inner struggle, inner growth, inner seeking,” said Wyland. Set to music, life sounds like AU. [Sara Padgett Heathcott, Hometapes]

Past Shows


Jul
26
th
2012
7th St Entry
Jul
26
th
2012
7th St Entry

Tu Fawning and AU

with Wolf Lords

More Shows

Oct
22
nd
Palace Theatre

Marcus Mumford

with The A's
Dec
10
th
First Avenue

Lissie

Nov
8
th
Turf Club

Hermanos Gutiérrez

Oct
27
th
Turf Club

We Are The Willows

with Lamar and Brent Penny