Boomkat Product Review:
A year on from the release of their long-player, Verbs, Portland band Au continue to delve into a progressive, experimental pop underworld with Versions, a new seven-song mini album. 'Ida Walked Away' opens proceedings in a style that's like a cross-breeding of Wild Beasts with old-style Animal Collective. These woozy, sliding timbres abruptly change tack for rattling, drum-centric 'RR Vs. D' which betrays an African influence amid a ferociously quickfire use of distorted rhodes piano. Speaking of pianos, 'All Myself' makes for a bracing piece of key-work, seemingly in a constant state of overload building to a flourishing crescendo that's almost too elaborately jazzy for the avant-rock bracket the rest of the record fits into. Versions showcases this band's playful side and there are plenty of instances where their exuberance is infectious and recklessly inventive, but if there is a criticism to be levelled here it's that there's an ADD vibe to these songs that doesn't leave much room for you to fully soak up exactly what's going on from one moment to the next.