Sydney’s Au.Ra, a duo comprised of Tim Jenkins (Parades) and Tom Crandles(Colours/Ghostwood), are set to release their debut full length on Los Angeles label, felte.
Made over the course of two years, the LP was birthed from improvised jams the pair plays over droning guitars and looped drum beats. Tracks like “Sun” and “Pyramid” emerge slowly out of interplays between simple melodies and layered, reverbed instrumentation.
Au.Ra’s “emotive landscape” perfectly encase their non-traditional pop songwriting, like on highlight “Morning”, where shimmering guitar riffs transport you to a serene, mediative realm. Their repetitive lyrics belie this easy transcendence, sometimes even verging on incarnation. These songs evoke a languid drive along a bending highway in autumn, the scenery and light shifting ever so slowly out the windows. As the sun sets earlier, this is an album to savour with the dying light.
A work that envelops the listener in dreamy hues of sound, Jane’s Lament is out now.