Les Aus, Haranna Hanné

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The Spanish duo Les Aus have learned well Mark E Smith's 3 R's: repetition, repetition, repetition. The songs on their wonderful, shambling debut are made up of giddy circular phrases that get more manic and more madcap with each pass. A single serrated guitar part quivers and vibrates through "Caminant Traves La Llum", cutting across weird, disembodied howls and culminating in a clatter of drums and distortion. The title track is all gallop and curlicue guitars, a strange score to some nonexistent spaghetti western. What's so winning about Haranna Hanne is the way the group turns this circuitousness into a virtue, finding the energy in loopy loops of sound.