Wednesday, March 07, 2007

album review: Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music

Au Revoir Simone - The Bird Of Music

A few weeks ago, I went to a book reading at Barnes & Noble in Union Square featuring both David Lynch and Brooklyn-based trio Au Revoir Simone. Not terribly familiar with the band, I simply assumed their appearance would be greatly overshadowed by the presence of the genius filmmaker. As the event started, the moderator introduced the artists, and the band started the program by playing a song from their first album.

Amazingly, the large packed room of about 900 people fell absolutely quiet as Au Revoir Simone played their brand of stark and atmospheric music. The song "Through The Backyards" bounced off the walls of the giant bookstore and literally held everyone motionless for the three minutes or so it lasted. In the hundreds of shows I've seen over the years, I've never seen a band captivate and win over an audience so instantly...especially in seen-it-all NYC.

Lynch was then introduced and his lengthy resume listed, and in his own otherworldly manner pronounced, "I really like Au Revoir Simone".

That simple statement pretty much sums up my feeling for them and their new album, The Bird Of Music. I'm not sure what about this disc appeals to me it the lo-fi moodiness? The dance-pop beats? The girl-group meets first-album Depeche Mode grooves? The If-Ben-Gibbard-was-even-more-girly-he'd-have-written-this-song feel of "Sad Songs"?

I like it probably for the same reason Lynch likes Au Revoir Simone's's swirly, otherworldly, and full of great lyrics sung by girls who look like they'd fit right into the storyline of one of his movies.

The album is out now digitally (itunes emusic) and will be released soon in CD form on the girls' own Our Secret Record Company label.

Here's a podcast of that David Lynch/Au Revoir Simone event from Barnes & Noble.

Read ARS's diary of their recent tour of Japan at Gothamist.

Watch the video for "Fallen Snow" here.

Au Revoir Simone - "Through The Backyards" mp3

Au Revoir Simone - "Fallen Snow (Teenagers Remix)" mp3

Au Revoir Simone tourdates:


Mar 18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory

Mar 19 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music

Mar 20 - Portland, OR @ Holocene (no Under


Mar 21 - Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey


Apr 30 - Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

May 1 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

May 2 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

May 3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of LivingArts

May 4 - Boston, MA @ Paradise

May 5 - Montreal, QB @ Theatre National

May 6 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre

May 7 - Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center

May 8 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

May 9 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue


May 25 - Austin, TX @ Emos

May 27 - Phoenix, AZ @ Anderson's Fifth Estate

May 29 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

May 30 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

June 1 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir

June 2 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

June 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock

June 6 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection

June 7 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick

June 8 - Toronto, ON @ Sneaky Dees

June 9 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

June 10 - Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place

June 11 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland

June 12 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar

June 13 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat

June 14 - Boston, MA @ Middle East

June 15 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall

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