Both Lights is the fourth album from the Portland-based band, AU (pronounced 'ay-you' and when said in a Welsh accent, it makes it all the more fun) and it presents a haberdashery of sounds and the range of influences are notable throughout.

On 'Get Alive', traces of DeVotchka are present as founding member Luke Wyland's voice wavers over crescendoing horns and guitars. However, his voice later matches the dulcet tones of Elbow's Guy Garvey on one of the album's standout songs, 'Solid Gold'. His chameleon voice takes the backseat when the crazed 'Why I Must' bounces and whirls about like a troupé of circus clowns on speed.

Up All Night is an energetic album from the get go - a great album to wake up to - but it also provides moments of calm on tracks like 'Crazy Idol', which would not be out of place on a Fleet Foxes album, and 'The Veil', a 4-minute ditty that laps and licks over itself in a very soothing manner.

Drawing comparisons to other acts is far too easy with this album which is, perhaps, its only downfall. Much like the back-catalogue of Dirty Projectors, AU has no defining sound, but unlike the Brooklyn collective, their all-over-the-place style is far more accessible. For me, this album has a purpose to either get me psyched for the day or to accompany me on a long journey. It injects you with the pzazz needed to get you through a hectic day.

Even though their first self-titled album was released in 2007, AU's sound is constantly tossing and turning, which means that you can hear more than you bargained for. There is nothing predictable about their music and while there are similarities to other musicians found in their work, it is better than each of their own tracks and albums sounding the exact same. The evolution of AU is definitely one to keep an eye on and Both Lights should provide enough variety and flavour to delight us with until Wyland and co. deliver their next round of musical pick n' mix.