The Bird of Music

The Bird of Music

by Au Revoir Simone


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The Bird of Music

The first full-length by Brooklyn's all-girl Au Revoir Simone enchants in a way the trio itself once captured best: the music is the perfect soundtrack to "exploring a secret garden at night with a flashlight," as they told British Vogue in 2006. Though that description made its way to newsstands before this album took shape -- the girls were discussing earlier tracks and sessions -- it holds: The Bird of Music presents dreamy, image-mad synth pop with a sparkly magic quality; it's the perfect album for contemplating unicorns to. Vocally, there's a sweetness to the songs that's nicely tempered by honesty -- when Au Revoir Simone sing "You make me wanna measure stars in the backyard with a calculator and a ruler, baby," on the infectious "Stars," for instance, you believe them, even if you find the idea a little odd. Musically, they make a mountain of sound out of three keyboards and a drum machine, but it's a mountain of sound you'd never attach the word "quirky" to. Au Revoir Simone are serious if highly idiosyncratic musicians. Their album should find favor with listeners who love Stereolab and the Waitresses but don't mind a little Bananarama thrown in the mix, either.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/15/2007
Label: Our Secret Record Co
UPC: 0837101309691
catalogNumber: 1

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Au Revoir Simone   Primary Artist
Julia Kent   Cello
Shane Endsley   Trumpet
Rod Sherwood   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Kit Pongetti   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Adam Crystal   Violin
Cameron Bird   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
James Cecil   Shaker
Erika Forster   Group Member
Doug Marvin   Drums
Annie Hart   Group Member
Heather D'Angelo   Group Member
Ryan Keberle   Trombone
Maya Kishi Okolovska   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Keith Murray   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Christian Owens   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Graham Parks   Percussion,Vocals,Percussion Ensemble
Josh Abbott   Tambourine

Technical Credits

Rod Sherwood   Producer,drum machine
Au Revoir Simone   Composer
Flora Hanitijo   Cover Photo
Graham Parks   Producer

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