To look at the ladies of Au Revoir Simone, you'd think they waltzed hand in hand off the pages of a Laura Ingalls Wilder book. They sparkle with enough childlike innocence to win your heart like little more than a carnival prize, attainable by just knocking over a few milk jugs with an underhanded toss. Within minutes of listening to their debut album, The Bird of Music, you are as good as theirs. Hey, don't fight it—I assure you, it's for the greater good.
Of course, Au Revoir Simone is not French, nor do they hail from Little House on the Prairie's Walnut Grove; instead, this trio of keyboardists calls Brooklyn home. But even the cruel New York streets wouldn't dare tame the sweetness of this band. Their confident—yet never rigid—wash of keyboards alongside the pittering of a vintage drum machine combine to prop up a trio of harmonizing vocals. No guitars, bass, or drum kits—it's just the harmonies that tie together this adorable little package, complete with bow and all.
Like the Carpenters sans the creepy undertones, Au Revoir Simone's sun-washed vocals remind the listener of Popsicle summers spent restlessly outdoors. It's an endearingly sweet glimpse of shimmering innocence that is as sugary as it is sincere. With no cheap attempts at sexualizing the trio, or over-polishing their sound, Au Revoir Simone is perfectly content and beaming with confidence throughout The Bird of Music. They are so self-assured that they release their own albums in the States, plus they've earned a suspicious number of well-connected fans. This army of supporters includes everyone from David Lynch to the producers of Grey's Anatomy, and of course, Au Revoir Simone is (naturally) huge in both Iceland and Japan.
The ethereal waltz of Au Revoir Simone's pop songs is hard to deny, from the restrained drum machine beats to the blaring keyboards hooks and delightful vocals. When layered just right, which they are throughout The Bird of Music, the ladies of Au Revoir Simone add enough sly effervescence to their sound to make them the most glimmering hope of modern pop music.