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AU European Tourdates!!
- Apr 03 - Home Plugged - Brussels, Belgium
- Apr 04 - Papiersaal - Zurich, Switzerland
- Apr 05 - Clandestino - Faenza, Italy
- Apr 06 - Init - Rome Rm, Italy
- Apr 07 - Palmetta - Terni, Italy
- Apr 08 - Studio 2 - Vigonovo, Italy
- Apr 09 - WUK - Vienna, Austria w/ Xiu Xiu
- Apr 10 - Kranhalle at Feierwerk - Munich, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
- Apr 11 - Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
- Apr 12 - Kampnagel - Hamburg, Germany w/ Xiu Xiu
- Apr 14 - Powiekszenie - Warsaw, Poland
- Apr 15 - Puzzle Club - Wroclaw, Poland
- Apr 17 - Video - Ghent, Belgium
- Apr 18 - Le Fiacre - Liege, Belgium
- Apr 19 - Bar le Barabas - Nancy, France
- Apr 20 - Les Trinitaires - Metz, France
- Apr 21 - Bar L’Estaminet - Vagney, France
- Apr 22 - WORM - Rotterdam, Netherlands
- Apr 23 - Louisiana - Bristol, United Kingdom
- Apr 24 - The Castle Hotel - Manchester, United Kingdom
- Apr 25 - Shacklewell Arms - London, United Kingdom
- Apr 26 - Sticky Mikes Frog Bar - Brighton, United Kingdom
- Apr 27 - Pompidou Centre - Paris, France
- Apr 28 - Bergen Kjott - Bergen, Norway
- Apr 29 - Revolver - Oslo, Norway
- Apr 30 - Valborgskalas - Gothenburg, Sweden
- May 02 - Fritz’s Corner @ Lilla Hotellbaren - Stockholm, Sweden
- May 03 - Huset i Magstraede - Copenhagen, Denmark
- May 04 - Haldern Pop Bar - Rees, Germany
- May 05 - EXIT07 - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
MP3: AU “Solid Gold” (from Both Lights & Solid Gold 7”)
AU Both Lights
- Get Alive
- Crazy Idol
- The Veil
- Solid Gold
- Why I Must
- Go Slow
- Old Friend
- Don’t Lie Down
Both Lights hit me like a wave. I walked right into it, eyes open.
The music writer Bob Palmer once described “a fusion of music and poetry accomplished at a very high emotional temperature.” He called it “a gigantic field of feeling…something enduring, something that could be limitless.”
Palmer was talking about the Blues. But all I can think about is AU.
Like all waves, it keeps on coming. 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. 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.
The record begins with “Epic” — count it among the world’s greatest lead tracks. Complete with earth-cracking saxophones by man-machine Colin Stetson, “Epic” defines ascension — from the slow motion of an Oregon sunrise to a ‘67 Barracuda barreling off a bridge. It’s a thesis statement for an album that began as a series of improvisations in Wyland’s attic, a one-man tug of war with love, loss, pain, anger, and desire. Wyland calls “Epic” a “real re-introduction to the band” and it encompasses that extreme confidence. It sets the tone for Both Lights, illuminating the frantic energy that drives AU.
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MP3: AU “Solid Gold”
Check out the premiere on Pitchfork.
What are you hearing when you hear AU?
What are you seeing when you see AU?
These are the questions I’ve been asking myself over the past few months of getting to know Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka. Stroll down the street with them or see them side-by-side on stage: this Portland, Oregon-based duo embodies remarkable, frantic energy. It permeates everything they touch. More than any band I’ve ever known, AU brings into question the moment and where you are in it.