Augustana is back with new music, and through its formation, its creator Dan Layus has stepped into a new musical universe.
While the artist is well-known for its anthemic indie-rock leaning hits like “Boston”, “Sweet and Low” and “Steal Your Heart”, Augustana’s consistent march of new and ever-evolving material has embodied a refusal to settle artistically. Never has that been more clearly evident than with the artist’s latest studio album, “Everyday an Eternity: Solo Piano Works”, a genre-shaking full-length record that redefines what can be expected from this artist.
Composing and performing a series of piano pieces that can easily live in the contemporary classical world, Dan Layus confidently chooses to leave his singing voice aside for the project and instead finds his lyricism echoing through the hammers and strings of the piano. The album` finds the composer’s unique melodic and structural stylings effortlessly blending between the classical, the romantic and the modern. Along the way, the unfamiliar terrain for the artist seems to become more familiar with each note, each modulation, each variation, as he makes his way out to the edge of musical expression and safely back home again.
Augustana has been a pivotal artist in the Pop/Rock genre since its ubiquitous, piano driven hit, "Boston" was released in 2005. Bolstered by a determined artistic vision and an unwavering fan base, Augustana has been an inspiration to some of today's most popular artists. This long awaited studio LP, Something Beautiful, is filled with intentional storytelling, delivered with vibrant sounds and instantly memorable melodies. The album offers refreshingly honest lyrics against music that leaves the listener feeling inspired and uplifted.