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WHO: Au Ras Au Ras

WHAT: thrift store pop confessionals from a former drummer-for-hire

Tess Brunet sat behind the kit for Deadboy & The Elephantmen, Generationals and Athens, Ga.'s Twin Tigers, but with Au Ras Au Ras, she showcases her songwriting and dreamy, melancholy pop, floating somewhere between Cat Power's tack and Beach House's whimsy. She released her self-titled debut last year, and on Sept. 11, she'll release The Great Nothing, recorded exactly one year after she recorded her debut, both produced at Mississippi's Dial Back Sound. Album single "I Lied" is a sharp and sleepy slow-dance dirge, where Brunet croons from the nightmare of regret — a dark choice to introduce the album, but it lures you into her dream world. — Woodward

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