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AU announces new album: Both Lights

on January 17, 2012, 5:58pm

aunewalbumcover AU announces new album: Both Lights

Portland experimental pop act AU will release its third full-length album, Both Lights, on April 3rd via Hometapes. According to a press release, the album’s 11 tracks are a reaction to the time between their last album, 2008’s Verbs, and their subsequent lives and careers. It further adds: “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.”

For our first taste of the record, the outfit has offered up the slightly-eponymous “Solid Gold”, which first debuted on a limited-edition 7″ released last month. Slowly coming to life with a somber piano part, the track kicks into high-gear, transforming into a Bollywood-esque pop-rock sensation composed of blistering guitars, bellowing vocals, and one awe-inspiring, ultra groovy sax solo. Take a listen to the track below, just before the complete tracklist and the band’s forthcoming tour dates.

Both Lights Tracklist:
01. Epic
02. Get Alive
03. Crazy Idol
04. OJ
05. The Veil
06. Solid Gold
07. Today/Tonight
08. Why I Must
09. Go Slow
10. Old Friend
11. Don’t Lie Down

AU 2012 Tour Dates:
02/25 – Sacramento, CA @ Bows and Arrows *
02/26 – San Francisco, CA @ Noise Pop 2012 #
03/03 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir – $
03/08 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Crepe Place
03/13 – Santa Fe, NM @ SOL @ Santa Fe Brewing – &
03/14-17 – Austin, TX @ South by Southwest
03/20 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
03/21 – Boulder, CO @ The Shack
03/22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
03/24 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest

* = w/ Appetite
# = w/ The Dodos
$ = w/ Tu Fawning and Parenthetical Girls
& = w/ Deerhoof