Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Au is led by multi-instrumentalist Luke Wyland, and the music they create is loosely defined as experimental pop. If by "experimental" you mean unique, beautiful, operatic, creative, surprising, accomplished, stimulating, and a slew of other worthy adjectives. For the follow-up to Au's acclaimed self-titled album, Wyland called upon the Portland music scene to assist him.

Verbs is filled out with contributions from nearly thirty collaborators, a list which includes members of Yellow Swans, Parenthetical Girls, A Weather, Gulls, Evolutionary Jass Band, Ah Holly Fam'ly, all Portland-based bands. He attracted a few additional multi-instrumentalists like himself and also brought in featured vocalists to accompany his swirling arrangements, which "resulted in a strange and singular snapshot of a very particular corner of the Portland's famously sprawling musical community."

With a 20+ person choir,
piano, horns, woodwinds, strings, and even some banjo all packaged together with an almost classical music feel, odds are you've never heard anything like it. Verbs is an impressive album regardless of what style of music you're used to, and if you can step outside of your normal boundaries you just might get lost in it.