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(9tx CD, 38'5o'' - Aagoo rec 'o9)

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Someone told me the Band's name doesn't stand for Australia, but You have to pronunce it like 'he/ay you', h or less. More, they are from Portland, - actually the home-base of most of latest more interesting and creative music acts, - see The Dead Science, Grails, Rollerball, The Decemberitsts and last but not least Parenthetical Girls, whose right their leader Zac Pennington writes an introduction for AU at Aagoo rec's band page.
As regards me, AU sound like the european Efterklang in front of the monolyte of A Space Odyssey, maybe with Robert Wyatt as dr Dave Bowman.
Second album for the band, it features a growing of majestic orchestral music arrangements since the first note of the first track: feeded with clarinets, pipe organ, flute and other winds, besides a classical instrumentation, where male/female vocals go from one to a whole chorus of people (All My Friends.. Are animals), outgoing the single confins of the core member Luke Wyland.
The album alternates psychedelic tantric meditations (Summerheat) to ecstatic polyphonic musical catharsis (All Myself), intangible images of spiritual elevation, - finally leading to slow jazzy funeral marches (Prelude and The Waltz).
A perfect album to step into an experimental poetic realm where the next band on stage is A Hawk and a Hacksaw (ok, They're not from Portland, but in Darkness At Noon they have a song called Portlandtown ;-))).
Qualcuno mi ha detto che il nome di questa Band non sta per Australia, ma bisogna anzi pronunciarlo come 'he/ay you', h o meno. In più, sono di Portland, casa base della maggior parte delle cose più itneressanti e creative che ho ascoltato recentemente, - intendo The Dead Science, Grails, Rollerball, The Decemberitsts nonchè i Parenthetical Girls, dei quali proprio il leader Zac Pennington scrive sul sito della Aagoo rec un'introduzione al disco degli AU.
Per quanto mi riguarda, gli AU suonano come gli europei Efterklang di fronte al monolite di 2001 Odissea nello Spazio, for con Robert Wyatt come il dr. Dave Bowman.
Secondo album per la band, figura un crescendo di magistrale crescendo orchestrale di arrangiamenti, sin dalla prima nota della prima traccia: imboccato di clarinetti, organo, flauto e altri fiati, oltre la strumentazione classica, - le voci maschili e femminili passano dall'unità alla molteplicità di un coro di persone (All My Friends.. Are animals), varcando i confini del singolo membro fodnatore Luke Wyland. L'album alterna meditazioni tantriche (Summerheat) a estatiche catarsi polifoniche (All Myself), intangibili immagini di elevazione spirituale, a giungere in finale a delle marce funebri jazzate (Prelude and The Waltz).
Un album perfetto per fare passo in un reame poetico e sperimentale, dove la prossima band su palco è A Hawk and a Hacksaw (che non sono di Portland, ma in Darkness At Noon suonano un pezzo a nome Portlandtown ;-))
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