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Boomkat Product Review:
Portland, OR. band Au are very much within the same experimental pop mindset as Animal Collective, Akron/Family and Grizzly Bear, gleefully traveling through largely uncharted territory within the parameters of established indie rock convention. As Verbs unfolds, the more impressive it reveals itself to be. The roomy, eccentrically freeform jangle of 'All My Friends' is a good starting point and the slick segue into 'Are Animals' put them in the same sort of rhythmically outside-the-box bracket as Gang Gang Dance. By its midway point Verbs really starts to blossom, reaching an almost baroque level of detail and inventive chamber po(m)p arrangement with the superb 'All Myself'. Next, 'Two Seasons' is loaded with simple enough guitar backdrops but the boy-girl vocal harmonies are what makes the song shine. Remarkable for very different reasons 'The Waltz' is part free-jazz sax-driven dirge, part euphoric organ drone, all encased within warm, vibrant production aesthetics and ear-coddling chord changes. Lovely.