Boomkat Product Review:
The kind of music that could happily soundtrack a midsummer night dream, Au Revoir Simone make supine and soft-centered music that demands comparisons with the beatific emissions of Morr Music, and in particular Lali Puna. In love with the calming power of synths, 'The Bird Of Music' sees the Brooklyn based three-piece injecting a balmy and ethereal quality into their gorgeously realised compote of piquant vocals, halting melodies and chiming chords. Mellow without any of the negative connotations, 'The Bird of Music' opens through the music-box confection 'The Lucky One' - wherein a trickle of elements come together piece by piece to form a grand and theatrical piece of music that propels you towards its choral conclusion with a whisper of insistence which is thoroughly captivating. Likely to appeal to fans of Psapp, Guther and Lali Puna, tracks like 'Sad Song', 'Fallen Snow' and 'Stars' cleverly cloak a darker heart with deceptively breezy lyrics and melodies - the classic pop combo. Floating synth soundscapes spiced with Erika Forster's pathos drenched optimism, Au Revoir Simone seem to have discovered the magic formulae on 'The Bird Of Music' - resulting in an album that recalls the classic Eighties synth-pop, but updated for the 21st Century. With other highlights coming in the form of 'Night Majestic', 'The Way To There' and 'Dark Halls', 'The Bird Of Music' is a gorgeously tempered release that proves just how essential electronic pop can still be. Fly pelican, fly!