Aun: Full Circle
Aun began with a sound caught somewhere between Lustmord, with its quiet-but loud approach to ambient music, and Nadja, with its crashing waves of guitars and reverb. Their Denovali Records debut in Black Pyramid made more room for the more conventional side of Aun: layers upon layers of organic guitar sound looped with lush soundscapes and synthesizer, a “Doomgaze” band for the ages. Phantom Ghost, released just last year showed that the Canadian duo can manage to even have something resembling drumbeat. A quick littler EP release for the end of quarter-one 2012, Full Circle, is anything but. It opens with a display that shows Aun evolving evermore into something more than the Justin Broadrick inspired ambient noise of their earlier work, while still being able to acknowledge it: the B-side of the release, the two shorter tracks display a much lusher, less sharp take on the droning guitarwork of Aun’s earliest recordings, having a much airier, lighter and even fun feel.
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