The group consists of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard), and Heather D'Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard). The band's name comes from a line Pee-wee Herman says to a minor character (named Simone) in Tim Burton's 1985 film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure.
Au Revoir Simone's music has been described by London's The Times as “a collision between the Waitresses, Stereolab and Kings of Convenience, their music has power from what it holds back rather than spells out, and is just waiting to be fallen in love with (or to).”
Au Revoir Simone graced the stage with their dreamy synth-pop and soft ethereal vocals laid over homemade drumbeats. This New York three-piece's glorious synth-lead alt-folk will leave you crying with songs such as “More Than”. The album’s stark yet echoey production is evident during the vocals of Erika Forsters through songs such as “Gravitron,” “Knight of Wands” and the clear standout “Crazy”. It’s a propulsive encapsulation of swoony wanderlust, with its incredibly hooky refrain of “Oh you girls drive me crazy” compelling you to join the group for a promising journey that will hopefully never end. Like “More Than”, it’s an instant earworm, as well as a welcome reminder that this isn’t a record created by igloo-dwelling robots. The synth that simulates a guitar is most prominent, in delayed glassy shards, on the down-tempo "We Both Know", which represents the best of the album's more pensive side. Given that electronic indie pop bands are fast becoming a dime-a-dozen, it’s nice to be reminded that on this record at least there’s a human heart behind all that shiny, pretty music.
For more information on Au Revoir Simone, please visit www.aurevoirsimone.com.
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