Free Music Monday! AU - "Solid Gold"

AU is on the verge of the release of their third album, Both Lights, due out on Hometapes (and the Leaf Label in Europe) this coming Spring. A bona fide long-time-coming following 2008's acclaimed LP Verbs, AU is boldly throwing open the curtains of time with their first single: "Solid Gold." Fortifying Valatka's adrenalized percussion and Wyland's soaring vocals and multi-tentacled performance on keys and guitar, is man-machine Colin Stetson on alto and whopping bass saxophone (most recently seen on stage with Bon Iver). The B-side, a song woven by Wyland himself from a reinterpretation of the album's lead track, takes Stetson's wild wind a notch higher and into the brightly lit stratosphere.

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AU reflects that light. "Solid Gold" is the first taste of a sweeping aural experience that captures not only the journey of Wyland and Valatka through the past three years of love, loss, and levity, but the voyage music can take us all on if we click play and just listen. "The back and forth, the tug of war for love," writes Wyland, getting at the root of "Solid Gold", in essence a love song, "exhausting, exhilarating, and so totally not sustainable." Like the best songs, in some way or another, we can all sing along to that.

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