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Brooklyn, NY’s Au Revoir Simone will release their first album in four years, Move In Spectrums, on September 24th, 2013 on the newly revived Instant Records. Produced by Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, Move In Spectrums is the follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed sophomore album Still Night, Still Light. The album’s first single, “Somebody Who,” has ... Read more in Amazon's Au Revoir Simone Store

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  • Audio CD (18 May 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B0024RIA3G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Another Likely Story
2. Shadows
3. All or Nothing
4. Knight of Wands
5. The Last One
6. Trace a Line
7. Only You Can Make You Happy
8. Take Me as I Am
9. Anywhere You Looked
10. Organized Scenery
11. We Are Here
12. Tell Me

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BBC Review

Au Revoir Simone are a 'girl group' with a difference. This Brooklyn-based trio all sing and accompany themselves on a wide variety of synths. They've described their disarmingly minimalist music quite accurately as 'dreamy electronic lo-fi keyboard pop'. Having ditched the bells and whistles featured on their second album The Bird Of Music, this third effort focuses entirely on their keyboard drones, clunky-but-appealing casiotone rhythm tracks and curiously blank, though oddly appealing voices.

It's the kind of music Laura Veirs might have made without access to guitars or the stimulus of the great outdoors; Lykke Li on a very calm day, or Young Marble Giants' Alison Statton if she wanted to sing in tune. Although you can comfortably lie in the bath to it, there's a slightly unsettling tension between the faux-naive arrangements and the occasional helpings of female emotional literacy.

The latter is most apparent in Only You Can Make You Happy, which starts out as what seems like an instrumental and then makes a blindingly simple mantra

out of the title, decorated with a vocal sample that instantly recalls Laurie Anderson's electronic pop masterpiece O Superman. Then there's Take Me As I Am, which gets more articulate (''We've talked a million hours to end up just where we began'') and the comparatively frantic Anywhere You Looked. It's the closest they get to dancefloor action - if you can stop laughing at the comically tinny beats.

There's certainly some material here that's as slight as it initially seems, such as Organized Scenery or We Are Here. Happily, though, that's not true of most of it. With pop melodies as winning as Shadows and the manically noodling Knight Of Wands, you may soon find yourself quietly humming along. Oh, and by the way, their strange and ever-so-slightly pretentious name apparently comes from a line in the cult movie Pee-Wee Herman's Big Adventure. --Jon Lusk

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Customer Reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Robert A. Josey VINE VOICE on 15 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
From 'Verses of Assurance' and 'Bird Of Music' I could see a real progression in terms of song-writing abilities and sonic exploration. I really couldn't wait to listen to 'Still Night', wondering in which direction the band was going to go.

From the mimimalist tones of the first track, the shimmering melody and graceful vocals, I knew they were aiming further for the stars. This set of songs is a revelation.

Amidst the beautiful, glacial aural constructs emotion pulses - but in refracted light. At times I imagine the synths being played by electric guitars - as in the NEW ORDER of 'Ceremony' - and then realise that this band has some of the best tunes around.

This is an album of stunning quality and purity. As sparse as the arrangements appear to be, I hear something new every time. Songs of grace and assurance indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
This delightful album is almost worth buying for the artwork alone !
The moonlit depiction of The Home Forest is wonderfully realised.

I feel at home already.

The music, too, is more than worthy of serious consideration.
Ms Forster, Ms Hart and Ms D'Angelo have created some real
magic here from the simplest of resources.
This is electronica with a gentle human touch.

The twelve tracks are totally coherent both in form and sound.

The dominant mood is one of unforced melancholy.
Fragile but sparkling melodies framed by simple
synthesiser and drum machine arrangements.

It takes real skill and imagination to make such a formula
come to life and it is to this wonderful little trio's
credit that they have fully done so.

Repetitive rhythmic frames and synthesiser ostinatos support
undemonstrative but perfectly beautiful vocal performances.
Whether singly or together the singing is never less than haunting.

'The Last One', with its hymn-like organ arrangement and
barely audible tick-tock beat is heart-stoppingly beautiful.
Music not afraid to take its time. Less is more here in every way.

'Shadows' too with its quasi-tribal pulsing rhythm and ethereally
gorgeous main vocal line and harmonies is another uplifting winner.

The tiny 'Take Me As I Am' is an alchemically perfect pop minature.
Economy and retraint are great strengths when deployed by talent
and imaginations as strong as these.

So too 'Anywhere you Looked' with its deconstructed
sixties girl-group melody, so good it could have been
plucked fully-formed out of a passing cloud.

Final track 'Tell Me', brings the album to an upbeat close
with a big grin all over its face. I was smiling too.

Humanist-Electronica ?

Heck ! Who needs a label with music as fine as this ?

Highly Recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By sainte-carmen on 31 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
The second disc from Au Revoir Simone is nothing short of aurally astounding. Their harmonies are superb, as is their inventive use of synths. The album is completely listenable and filled with great hooks and light melodies. Something for the spring and summer.

Highly recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas V. Dowling on 15 Jan 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Imagine if you gave three six form school girls doing 'A' Level music Casio keyboards each and a one month sabbatical. This is likely what you would get. The unsophisticated keyboards and soft girly voices reminded me of early Depeche Mode. If naive charm is your thing then you should give Au Revoir Simone a listen.
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