Brooklyn, NY's Au Revoir Simone will release their first album in four years, 'Move in Spectrums' on September 23rd through Moshi Moshi. Produced by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht, 'Move in Spectrums' is the follow up to 2009's critically acclaimed and the trio's most successful record yet, 'Still Night, Still Light'.
There are, of course, the obvious questions surrounding this album, such as: where have the three immensely talented, keyboard-wielding women of Au Revoir Simone - Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart - been? Why have they not released an album since 2009? What's this new album like anyway - has their sound changed? Obviously, we've got some answers for you.
Following the release of their three well-loved albums, 'Verses of Comfort, Assurance and Salvation', 'The Bird of Music' and 'Still Night, Still Light', Au Revoir Simone simply felt they needed a break. They had toured all over the world, been involved in exciting collaborations with the likes of Air and Johnny Marr, and became the favorite band of legendary director David Lynch in the process. They tirelessly gave their all to audiences around the globe, filling rooms from Tokyo to Reykjavik, from Montreal to Sao Paolo. And when the touring cycle ended, they decided to each take their own path, unsure where the band would end up in the process.
For Heather, this meant finishing an environmental biology degree at Columbia University that she had started around the time of the band's inception. For Erika, this meant releasing a gorgeous solo album under her name, Erika Spring. For Annie, this meant touring with the likes of Uninhabitable Mansions and Pursesnatchers. Projects and collaborations, such as scoring a short film by Giada Colagrande for Miu Miu, would come up and bring the girls back together again, but for the most part, the future of Au Revoir Simone was unclear.
Individually, they started writing again; collecting vintage keyboards again, focusing on the incredible power of sounds and sine waves again. Eventually, they shared their creations with each other; the result produced the sort of excitement and magical chemistry that has always marked the friendship between these three ladies. They started playing together again, with all level of sonic experimentation happening, until they realized they were actually making a record. What commenced after that was the most intense, collective songwriting of their lives, revising and revamping every keyboard and vocal line until each song had a certain luster that matched the intensity and sheen of the band's own passions.
The result is 'Move In Spectrums', an album that - like its title - creates different melodic textures and aural colors via the finest songs Au Revoir Simone have ever recorded. The album is an honest refraction of three lives weaving together in a thirst for life, sensation, truth and love. One listen to 'Move In Spectrums' confirms what you already knew but didn't know how to say - that you missed this band and you're damn glad that they're back.
Au Revoir Simone have additionally announced a string of European dates including London's XOYO in September.
European tour dates
13th Sept - Tavastia, Helsinki
14th Sept - Leffinge Festival, Leffingeleuren
17th Sept - XOYO, London
18th Sept - Nouveau Casino
19th Sept - Kaserne, Basel
20th Sept - Heart of Glass Festival, Ruoms
24th Sept - Sudpol, Luzern
25th Sept - Stall 6, Zurich
26th Sept - Sala Vertigio, Rimini
27th Sept - Circolo deli Artisti, Rome
30th Sept - Kantine, Berlin
1st Oct - Meet Factory, Prague
2nd Oct - KC Dunaj, Bratislava
3rd Oct - Waves Festival, Vienna
4th Oct - Circulo Bellas Artes, Madrid
5th Oct - Aula Magna, Lisbon
1. More Than
2. The Lead is Galloping
4. We Both Know
5. Just Like A Tree
6. Somebody Who
8. Boiling Point
9. Love You Don't Know Me
10. Hand Over Hand
11. Let the Night Win