Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Au Revoir Simone's excellent, slightly darker third album Still Night, Still Light came out last week. Here's an interview I did with them a few years back for

Brooklyn girls Heather D'Angelo, Erika Forster, and Annie Hart are out with their second album as Au Revoir Simone, and with equal parts romantic natural world and '80s new wave winding its way through the keyboards, it feels like the perfect accompaniment to summer in the city. They took a little break from their current tour (with Peter Bjorn & John and Voxtrot) to answer our questionnaire.

1. How did Au Revoir Simone come together as a group?
We wanted to form a keyboard collective, drinking tea and chit-chatting and staying up late learning cover songs.

2. What are you working on right now?
We are touring to support our new album The Bird Of Music, and having a lovely time! We played a BBC radio session today and we're playing a really fun party in London tonight. We have our sights on Japan this summer and festivals in Europe as well as our first U.S. headlining tour.

3. What has been inspiring you lately?
Erika: Meeting people who are exceptional. Also, reaching the state of delirium which often brings lots of creativity with it.
Annie: Gandhi
Heather: Gliese 581c

4. Describe your aesthetic.
Erika: Timeless, universal
Annie: I don't know
Heather: Magical realism, if that makes any sense. Renaissance fairs and the like.

5. Who are your heroes?
John and Yoko
Annie: Gloria Steinem
Heather: Dr. Charles Liu, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Dr. Maggie Turnbull, and my little brother, Jonathan

Still Night, Still Light is out now on limited edition 10" vinyl among other formats. More info and sound clips at

An older favorite:
Au Revoir Simone Through the Backyards mp3
(live version from PRI's Fair Game)

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