Au Revoir Simone
|Au Revoir Simone|
Au Revoir Simone in Paris (2012)
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, United States|
|Genres||Dream pop, synth-pop|
|Labels||Our Secret Record Company, Moshi Moshi Records, Rallye Label, Instant Records|
|Associated acts||Dirty on Purpose, Summer Moon, Nice as Fuck|
|Past members||Sung Bin Park|
Au Revoir Simone is an American dream pop/synth-pop band from Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2003. The group is composed of Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard/bass) 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. The group's musical inspirations were compared by the band's European label, Moshi Moshi Records, to "a dutifully mined musical thrift store"; these diverse influences include Modest Mouse, Stereolab, the Mountain Goats, Louis Prima, Pavement, the Beach Boys, Björk, Broadcast, Belle & Sebastian, David Bowie, Bee Gees and Billie Holiday.
Au Revoir Simone formed in late 2003 when Forster (formerly of Dirty on Purpose) and Hart met on a train ride home to New York from Vermont and decided to form an all-keyboard band. They were soon joined at practices by D'Angelo and a fourth member, Sung Bin Park (keyboard/vocals). In December 2004, Park left the band.
The band's debut album, Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation, was released on March 23, 2005 on the band's own Our Secret Record Company label; it was subsequently issued in Europe on October 31 by Moshi Moshi Records, and later by the Rallye Label in Japan. Pitchfork reviewer Brian Howe said that the album's "synth-pop is always simple, elegant, and ethereal". The band described the album as akin to "exploring a secret garden at night with a flashlight".
On March 5, 2007, they released their second album, The Bird of Music, promoted by a US tour with Peter Bjorn and John and Voxtrot from April through June. British Vogue said of the album, “Eschewing the typical guitar-heavy band set-up for old-school synthesizers and vintage drum machines, [Au Revoir Simone] create dreamy synth-pop. Their soft ethereal vocals laid over spare homemade drumbeats are reminiscent of Air and Stereolab". Spin said, "Powered by vintage keyboards, a lockstep beat-box, and gorgeous, wide-eyed warbling, the Simones create make-out music for your inner android".
On May 21, 2007, they played a concert at Fondation Cartier in Paris for David Lynch's retrospective exhibition. The stage they performed on was a recreation of the set from his film Eraserhead. Au Revoir Simone played at both the Treasure Island Music Festival and Monolith Festival in September 2007. In October 2007, they contributed a T-shirt design to raise money for Transportation Alternatives.
In 2010, they created one of the first interactive music videos for their song "Knight of Wands". In true coloring book style, the video allows viewers to become a part of the creative process.
After a long hiatus, Au Revoir Simone reunited to release their fourth album, Move in Spectrums on September 24, 2013 on Richard Gottehrer's revived Instant Records label. AllMusic said it was "maybe their best record yet" and "certainly their most sophisticated and most arranged work".
In popular culture
"Sad Song" was used in the 2007 German blockbuster movie Rabbit Without Ears and later on the soundtrack of the 2011 movie From Prada to Nada. Also in 2007, their song "Stay Golden" appeared in the French film Anna M.. "The Lucky One" and "Don't See the Sorrow" were heard in the 2008 Japanese film Kimi no Tomodachi (English: Your Friends). In 2009, "Another Likely Story" was used on the 100th episode ("What a Difference a Day Makes") of Grey's Anatomy. The band's song "Crazy" was used in the 2014 film Vampire Academy and its soundtrack.
Au Revoir Simone is among the bands performing at the Roadhouse in the 2017 revival of David Lynch's Twin Peaks; they play "Lark" in the fourth episode and "A Violent Yet Flammable World" in the ninth, both from their 2007 album The Bird of Music.
- Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation (2005, Our Secret Record Company North America, Moshi Moshi Records Europe, Rallye Label Japan)
- The Bird of Music (2007, Our Secret Record Company North America, Moshi Moshi Records Europe, Rallye Label Japan)
- Still Night, Still Light (2009, Our Secret Record Company North America)
- Move in Spectrums (2013, Instant Records North America, Moshi Moshi Records Europe)
Singles & EPs
- "Hurricanes" CD single (2005, Rallye Label Japan)
- "Through the Backyards" 7" single (2006, Moshi Moshi Records UK)
- "Fallen Snow" 7" single (2007, Moshi Moshi Records UK)
- "Sad Song" 7" single (2007, Moshi Moshi Records UK)
- "Summer Lines" 7" single (2008, Elefant Records Spain)
- "Shadows" 7" single (2009, Moshi Moshi Records UK)
- Tour Remixes CD EP (2009, Rallye Label Japan)
- "Shadows (The Teenagers Remix)" digital single (2009, RCRD LBL)
- "Organized Scenery" digital single (2010, self-released)
- "Tell Me" 7" single (2010, Keys of Life Finland)
- "Crazy" 7" single (2013, Moshi Moshi Records UK)
- "Somebody Who" digital single (2013, Moshi Moshi Records France)
- Reverse Migration (2008, Our Secret Record Company North America)
- Night Light (2010, Moshi Moshi Records Europe)
- Spectrums (2014, Moshi Moshi Records Europe)
- "Paganini Rocks" 12" EP by Robortom Featuring Au Revoir Simone (2011, Sunday Best Recordings UK)
- "Rise Early Morning" digital single by Nervo Featuring Au Revoir Simone (2014, Ultra Records Sweden)
- "Au revoir Simone". Moshimoshimusic.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- The Deli Magazine review Archived September 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Au Revoir Simone". Moshimoshmusic.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- Pitchfork review
- "AU REVOIR SIMONE THE BIRD OF MUSIC" (PDF). Aurevoirsimone.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- "David Lynch's darlings - Au Revoir Simone". The Daily Telegraph. London. 27 May 2009.
- "Au Revoir Simone Still Night, Still Light". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
- Au Revoir Simone. "The Knight of Wands". Interactive Music Video. Archived from the original on 29 March 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011.
- Weiss, Dan (July 6, 2016). "Review: On ‘Nice as F**k,’ Jenny Lewis’ New Band Is Just Okay as F**k". Spin. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
- ""Grey's Anatomy" What a Difference a Day Makes (TV Episode 2009)". IMDb. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
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