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Album Review

Singer and keyboardist Erika Forster left the dream pop outfit Dirty on Purpose after their debut album to concentrate on her own project, but that loss is twee indie pop's gain. Not since the sole album by Dusty Trails, the one-off collaboration between Josephine Wiggs of the Breeders and Vivian Trimble of Luscious Jackson, has an album blended minimalist synthesizers and cinematic minor-key melodies with only the very slightest of Stereolab influences. Indeed, the closest comparison for tunes like the simply lovely opener, "Through the Backyards," is a synth-oriented version of Yo La Tengo circa And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out — a similarly placid feel with hushed, delicate vocals floating over a bed of gently murmuring keyboards. The more uptempo tunes, like "The Disco Song," have a playful feel with a hint of '80s pastiche. But dreamy tunes like the haunting "Back in Time" are where Au Revoir Simone shine: blending contrapuntal vocal lines and a hypnotic beatbox drone out of the Young Marble Giants playbook, the song develops an epic quality out of the simplest of instruments. The instrumental "The Winter Song" is even more effective, blending music box synth lines and toy xylophone plinking with a subtly propulsive rhythm that transforms the song from a minor exercise to a fully formed pop song. The only flaw of the outstanding Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation is that at eight songs in 27 and a half minutes, it's too short.

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A random find that I liked...

I am an avid listener to David Byrne's satelite radio station and back in June he had a playlist entitled "Avant-Garde Pop," which had everything from Radiohead to Outkast. One of the tracks was "Through the Backyards," which hooked me. I looked up the band name and immediately went to their website and listened to more of their tracks. I then bought the CD off of their website because the music was so catchy. The trio is definitely inspired by Stereolab and recent sounds like the Postal Service. It's unfortunate there are only 8 tracks on this album, but I look forward to future tracks from them. Key songs to listen to: "Through the Backyards," "Where You Go," and "Stay Golden."

intoxicating!

melodies, beats and good vibes abound...infectious dream pop to take with you and keep close to your heart

Beautiful

The songs on this album are so pretty and easy to listen to. Although short, the lyrics are sweet and just right! It's real music that I think everyone should give a listen to.

Biography

Formed: 2003 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

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...
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