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EDITORS’ NOTES

Reverse Migration is an uneven but enjoyable remix of the debut by Brooklyn’s Au Revoir Simone, The Bird of Music. The project boasts both impressive interpretations and tepid makeovers, and 11 tracks become 14, as three songs get double treatment. The airy, dreamy quality of the electro-pop trio is retained in these faithful remixes; you won’t hear the Knife imbuing “Stars” with their dark sinisterism, although the Teenagers’ take on “Fallen Snow” is not exactly rainbows and unicorns. Tracks featuring acoustic guitars (Slow Club’s “The Lucky One” and Keith Murray’s “Don’t See the Sorrow”), harder, fractured synth sounds (Mark-Anthony Tieku’s “The Way to There”) and subdued electric guitar (Matt Harding’s “Night Majestic”) are adventurous translations, while others cling too closely to the original to be of real note. The fun here is in realizing the remix artist’s vision, and seeing if it syncs with your own. But who would claim that Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor missed the boat on his mini-epic re-wiring of “Sad Song?” We can’t imagine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Reverse Migration is an uneven but enjoyable remix of the debut by Brooklyn’s Au Revoir Simone, The Bird of Music. The project boasts both impressive interpretations and tepid makeovers, and 11 tracks become 14, as three songs get double treatment. The airy, dreamy quality of the electro-pop trio is retained in these faithful remixes; you won’t hear the Knife imbuing “Stars” with their dark sinisterism, although the Teenagers’ take on “Fallen Snow” is not exactly rainbows and unicorns. Tracks featuring acoustic guitars (Slow Club’s “The Lucky One” and Keith Murray’s “Don’t See the Sorrow”), harder, fractured synth sounds (Mark-Anthony Tieku’s “The Way to There”) and subdued electric guitar (Matt Harding’s “Night Majestic”) are adventurous translations, while others cling too closely to the original to be of real note. The fun here is in realizing the remix artist’s vision, and seeing if it syncs with your own. But who would claim that Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor missed the boat on his mini-epic re-wiring of “Sad Song?” We can’t imagine.

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About Au Revoir Simone

The Brooklyn indie pop outfit Au Revoir Simone features Heather D'Angelo (vocals/drum machine/keyboard), Erika Forster (vocals/keyboard), and Annie Hart (vocals/keyboard). Borrowing their name from a minor character in the Tim Burton comedy Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, the Casio-centric group came together in late 2003, when Forster and Hart befriended one another while traveling by train from Vermont to New York. From there, they became fast friends and began writing songs together. D'Angelo and Sung Bin Park (keyboard/vocals) were added to the dreamy pop fray after contributing to many practice sessions, but Park left in January 2005 to pursue other projects. A year later, Au Revoir Simone issued their debut album, Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation. It was self-released in the United States and appeared on the Moshi Moshi label throughout Europe. Additionally, the song "Through the Backyards" was included in the season finale to Grey's Anatomy that spring, thus boosting the trio's profile. Au Revoir Simone's second album, The Bird of Music, was released one year later, while a track-by-track remix of the record appeared in 2008 under the title Reverse Migration. The trio's third album, Still Night, Still Light, was produced by Thom Monahan and released by Our Secret Record Company in spring of 2009. After taking a long break from the band, during which each member pursued their own individual musical pathways, the band reunited to record and release their fourth album in late 2013. Co-produced by the trio and Jorge Elbrecht of the band Violens, Move in Spectrums was issued on legendary producer Richard Gottehrer's revived Instant Records label. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

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