Verbs by Au on Apple Music

9 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Core Au member Luke Wyland continues on Verbs to blend the boundaries between contemporary classical music, various strains of folk, and the common architecture of the pop song. (Oh, and there’s a small dose of psychedelia mixed in for good measure.) Verbs starts off with a 20-voice chorus, reaching for high places in a shambling timbre, droning “All my friends...” while pianos rumble, cymbals jitter and other instruments stretch out in the background like an orchestra warming up; the song abruptly ends, and the voices shift into a loose summer-day sing-along on “Are Animals,” resulting in a mild cacophony, with clattering drumsticks and percussion chirping like a bird about to take flight. These tracks set the tone, introducing a large number of contributing musicians (most from the Portland, OR music scene) creating a rich tapestry of sound that feels organic and natural (folk), well orchestrated (classical) and playful (pop). “rr Vs. D” exemplifies Au’s skillful tidiness, cleverly rolling two songs into one for major bang: Is it a marching tune or a pop song? Do we care?

EDITORS’ NOTES

Core Au member Luke Wyland continues on Verbs to blend the boundaries between contemporary classical music, various strains of folk, and the common architecture of the pop song. (Oh, and there’s a small dose of psychedelia mixed in for good measure.) Verbs starts off with a 20-voice chorus, reaching for high places in a shambling timbre, droning “All my friends...” while pianos rumble, cymbals jitter and other instruments stretch out in the background like an orchestra warming up; the song abruptly ends, and the voices shift into a loose summer-day sing-along on “Are Animals,” resulting in a mild cacophony, with clattering drumsticks and percussion chirping like a bird about to take flight. These tracks set the tone, introducing a large number of contributing musicians (most from the Portland, OR music scene) creating a rich tapestry of sound that feels organic and natural (folk), well orchestrated (classical) and playful (pop). “rr Vs. D” exemplifies Au’s skillful tidiness, cleverly rolling two songs into one for major bang: Is it a marching tune or a pop song? Do we care?

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About Au

Drawing as many comparisons to Terry Riley and Philip Glass as they do to Grizzly Bear and Animal Collective, Portland, OR's Au are the brainchild of singer/songwriter Luke Wyland, who began the group in 2005 while studying at the Massachusetts College of Art. After relocating, he connected with a rotating cast of Portland instrumentalists, including drummers Mark Kaylor and Dana Vlatka and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Sielaff. The group's 2007 self-titled album -- which wove together bluegrass, contemporary classical, and indie rock influences -- was a favorite with local and online publications, with the Portland Mercury naming it the year's number two Portland album and Stereogum and Pitchfork giving it positive reviews. The group's second album, Verbs, arrived in summer 2008. The following year, they issued the Versions EP, which featured alternate takes on Verbs songs. Vlkatka and Wyland reteamed for 2012's Both Lights, which made the most of the duo's backrgounds in classical and jazz. ~ Heather Phares

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