While he’s currently entrenched in a Portland, Ore., studio making a new album with the late-‘90s lineup of the Jayhawks, another of Gary Louris's recording projects is seeing the light of day this week: It’s called Au Pair, and it’s a duo collaboration with another Americana-flavored pop-rocker, Django Haskins of the Chapel Hill, N.C., band Old Ceremony.
Their first track to go public, a sweet and playful toe-tapper titled “In Every Window,” debuted this morning on the music blog Stereogum and is also posted below. It’s from a full album, “One-Armed Candy Bear,” which will be released Nov. 13 and is currently available for pre-order via a Pledgefund compaign.
Another funny coincidence of timing, Louris and Haskins first met in Chicago in 2013 as guest stars of the all-star ensemble Big Star Third, which is regrouping next Wednesday at First Avenue (look for our full story on that special concert to post later today). Louris was actually the first person the BS3 crew intended to invite to join them at the First Ave show, but lo and behold he will still be in Portland recording with the Jayhawks.
Maybe fans can instead hear Louris sing a Big Star song or two with Hoskins along with their new tunes when Au Pair starts playing shows. Their first and only confirmed so far is Nov. 21 in Santa Monica, Calif.