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 on “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The song comes from the holiday collection I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas, a digital-only compilation benefiting Amnesty International. It was organized by Force Field PR’s Daniel Gill and also stars Sally Shapiro, My Brightest Diamond, Le Loup, Au Revoir Simone, Bosque Brown, and (fittingly) Blitzen Trapper, etc. Au’s offering is kind of like burrowing into a snowdrift and discovering a euphoric hypothermia.

Au – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” (MP3)

The rest:

01 Au Revoir Simone – “Christmastime Is Here”
02 Le Loup – “Shenandoah”
03 Figurine – “The Holidays Behind Us”
04 Sally Shapiro – “Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix)”
05 Arthur & Yu – “My White Elephant”
06 My Brightest Diamond – “Nature Boy”
07 Parenthetical Girls – “Festive Friends (Forever)”
08 No Kids – “Another Winter In a Summer Town”
09 Radar Bros. – “Baby Jesus”
10 Blitzen Trapper – “Christmas Is Coming Soon”
11 Man of Arms – “It’s Christmastime and Everything’s Wrong”
12 Au – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”
13 The Papercuts – “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
14 Bosque Brown – “Silent Night”
15 Turk Dietrich of Belong – “Blue Christmas”

I’ll Stay ‘Til After Christmas is out digitally via Animal World. The Blitzen Trapper and Le Loup are up at MySpace. You can by the comp at various online outlets.

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