In 2007, Brooklyn’s Au Revoir Simone seemed to be everywhere. The trio of Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart had just put out The Bird Of Music to wide critical acclaim, D'Angelo guested on the also critically acclaimed Boggs album Forts and they found themselves playing shows with the likes of Air and Peter, Bjorn and John. But aside from a remix album, the trio has been relatively quiet on the recording side of things -- until now.
Produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy), and recorded in various studios between Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, the result is their third album, entitled Still Night, Still Light, released on their own label, Our Secret Record Company on May 19. Au Revoir Simone will be playing this year’s SXSW, with a Still Night, Still Light supporting tour throughout America to follow this spring.
From the press release: Although featuring songs written by all three ladies, the album has a tremendous thematic cohesion, as if composed by a singular voice. The collection of twelve songs sees our three keyboard-wielding heroines creating something that could only be called “elemental”. Gone are the bells and whistles of The Bird of Music, and in their place is a stark closeness, as if hearing a secret from someone you love for the first time. It’s a record that details reflection, seeking, questioning and losing one’s place on the page while looking for the right way home. It has some of the band’s most quiet moments (see the glacial grace of “The Last One”) while also containing some of their most raucous (see the dizzying exuberance of “Anywhere You Looked”). Indeed, Still Night, Still Light is the band at their most exposed, relying mainly on their keyboards, drum machine, and effortless voices to create a folk record without folk instruments, humming with resilience and wonder.
Still Night, Still Light track listing
01. Another Likely Story
03. All or Nothing
04. Knight of Wands
05. The Last One
06. Trace a Line
07. Only You Can Make You Happy
08. Take Me as I Am
09. Anywhere You Looked
10. Organized Scenery
11. We Are Here
12. Tell Me