The young ladies that comprise Au Revoir Simone took me away when I first encountered them live at Other Music about two weeks ago while they promoted their hot off the presses album Still Night, Still Light. Their particular brand of POP is awash with keyboard tones warm enough to melt your Sunday sno-cone, angelic harmonies with a knack for great hooks, and beats that run. Most importantly these gals are refreshingly nice, read for yourself below.
Q: How are you?
Q: What are your 5 favorite foods?
A: Oh, excellent question! I would have to say artichokes, soba noodle soup, rice with plain yogurt, portobello mushrooms cooked with lemon juice and a little parmesan, and once in a blue moon, a casserole involving cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles, and crushed ritz crackers.
Q: What albums were you listening to as you were recording Still Night, Still Light?
A: I have a great compilation of music from India called Golden Hour that uses some sweet casio tones, definitely Electrelane’s No Shouts, No Calls, and Rodriguez’s Cold Fact.
Q: Perhaps a related question to that: Was there a central concept you were focusing on for your new album? If so, would you like to describe it?
A: We didn’t have a central concept at all. It was just an effort to get each song as close to the way it sounded in our brains as possible.
Q: What are some nouns (things, people, places, or ideas) that you draw inspiration for your music from?
A: Trees, bicycles, people (in general and specifically), love, and most importantly, great keyboard sounds.
Q: How does living in Brooklyn influence your music?
A: I don’t have any clue how it influences the sound of the music at all, but as far as our band as an entity is concerned, it provides us with a strong network of friends and music to draw inspiration from.
Q: I suppose this is an unlikely comparison, but you remind me of fellow New-Yorkers Suicide when you play to those up-beat rhythm tracks coupled with repetitive keyboard notes on top. Do you see yourselves as potentially leading an underground synth-punk movement?
A: Definitely not! Though we tried to rip Suicide off on a song that we never finished that didn’t make the final album cut.
Q: Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
A: Thanks for telling people about us. That’s pretty awesome.
You can catch them this summer on their massive tour of these United States.