Au Revoir Simone makes dreamy electronic pop music using elemental materials: keyboards and voices braid together in a warm thrum of whirring machines and soft melodies.
Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart started getting together to play keyboards in Erika’s apartment in 2003. It wasn’t long before Erika’s living room was filled with vintage Casios and Yamahas rescued from garage sales, plus a beautiful wooden drum machine inherited from a movie set.
The girls were fascinated by how easily composing came to them when they were together. Sometimes each would bring in her own idea for a song, and they would all work together until they agreed it felt perfect. Other times, they would play until a song emerged from hours of experimentation.
Au Revoir Simone still writes songs in this highly collaborative manner. Because everyone plays the same instrument, the composing process can be more challenging than some may realize, but the band’s central motivation remains: music is magical. And playing it is a form of meditation — a blissful sensation that carries over to the listener.