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AU – “Solid Gold” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here’s the new clip from Portland indie experimentalists AU — an outfit formed around songwriter Luke Wyland that also features saxophonist Colin Stetson on the group’s latest, Both Lights — a beautifully colored, youthful illustration for the single “Solid Gold.” Roberto Ortu directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 1, 2012 - 10:33 am

MusicfestNW 2012 In Photos

Yesterday, Portland’s MusicFestNW wrapped up five days of concerts at over a dozen venues throughout the city. Among the acts who performed were Passion Pit, Beirut, Girl Talk, Dinosaur Jr., Flying Lotus, Swans, Fucked Up, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Wild Nothing, Purity Ring, and DIIV. Autumn Andel was on hand to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / September 10, 2012 - 4:15 pm

AU – “OJ” Video

Portland indie rockers AU deliver a tripped-out kaleidoscope of a visual for “OJ,” which is definitely one of the best two videos featuring morphing paint globs we’ve seen today. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 24, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2012

This was an incredible month for free hip hop MP3s, and it was an incredible month for songs by Lemonade because “Neptune” is one of this year’s finest. And so the paramaters I gave myself with this month’s mix are as follows: Open with Lemonade’s “Neptune,” and create a track flow that blended but flipped… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2012 - 12:32 pm

AU – “Get Alive”

Portland experimental rockers AU have a new album called Both Lights coming next month, as we posted first taste “Solid Gold” way back in December. Below, we’ve got another song from the album. It’s called “Get Alive,” and it makes great impressionistic use out of what sounds like a banjo and a harpsichord, not a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 7, 2012 - 11:54 am

AU – “Solid Gold”

Portland weird-rock duo AU have a new single called “Solid Gold” Coming out, and it’s a spazzily pretty bit of prog-pop, with Colin Stetson helping out on saxophone. Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2011 - 5:06 pm

New Au – “Ida Walked Away”

Au’s current official lineup remains Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka, but each excursion sounds like the work of much larger cast. See, for instance, “Ida Walked Away,” an escalating bit of falsetto-fronted art-pop from the Portland band’s forthcoming Versions EP. When I was talking about Au’s post-Verbs Christmas song, I mentioned that when they don’t… More »

By: brandon / July 31, 2009 - 3:59 pm

New Au – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”

When it doesn’t sound like Animal Collective, Au’s music often approximates a snow or sleet storm, but one that’s all angles and the light refracted off a crystal, so this picture of Luke Wyland and Dana Valatka out in the cold stuff is fitting in more ways than one for the Portland crew’s take o… More »

By: brandon / December 22, 2008 - 11:19 am

CMJ ’08: It’s A Photo Wrap

The crapshoot buffet of 25 minute sets from overextended bands is now closed, thanks. When you’re out all day and all night, you encounter lots — some undercooked and unpalatable flller, some that’s ripe and right, lots never intended for consumption (CMJ set delays, so hott right now). We’ve posted some standouts already, but here… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2008 - 2:19 am

New Au Video – “RR vs. D”

This video for Au’s “RR vs. D” opens with a tiny crystal ball filled with golden flecks spinning in Michael Jackson’s hand and somehow ends up in this field, but the Verbs clip, directed by Rainbow Dropshadow (curiously, my nickname in high school), features a little girl in a red dress and shawl, not a… More »

By: brandon / September 25, 2008 - 3:07 pm

New Au – “Are Animals” & “Sleep”

It’s fitting this new Au song’s called “Are Animals” because Luke Wyland & his band of Portland noisemakers do a pretty good Animal Collective impersonation on it. Then at 1:21 it shifts, breaking from that opening whiplash into the organ and horn-drenched experimental Americana we dig so much. The hoots and hollers remain but are… More »

By: brandon / May 23, 2008 - 9:37 am

New Au – “RR Vs. D”

Indie rock is doing amazing things in service of the parts of speech and grammar in general these days. Vampire Weekend is through with oxford commas, No Age is 100% pro Nouns, and now we learn Oregonian psych-folk troupe Au will be crusading on behalf of Verbs. It’s been awhile since that lucky promo-excavating day… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 4, 2008 - 4:25 pm

Hey You, Meet Au

Another day, another Portland band. This one’s more of a guest-laden one-man project though; Au (say the letters, pronounce the name — Ay you) is the work of Luke Wyland, a multi-instrumental nomad who’s buckled down in Oregon and begun to hone his wandering, sprawling psych-folk. On “Sum,” Luke starts with bright, breezy bells and… More »

By: Stereogum / May 15, 2007 - 5:02 pm