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Au Revoir Simone
Move in Spectrums - INSTANT
FILTER Grade: 83%

By Zachary Sniderman on September 26, 2013


Au Revoir Simone

Au Revoir Simone had a lot of things going for it. Formed in 2003, the keyboard-driven electro-pop trio had a distinct Brooklyn beat and three female vocalists who were simultaneously effete and yet instantly memorable. The band turned out three great albums in four years and then, in 2009, kind of disappeared. Four years later, Move In Spectrums is a return to form, for better and for worse. The record shimmers with Simone’s big, open synth sounds and a lo-fi aesthetic that jumps between whimsical and introspective faster than you can say “808.” Despite the sonic layers, however, the songs prefer simplicity and the slower tracks can drag. Sample choruses include, “Stay away from me/Stay away from me,” “Somebody who/Can stay awake, I need somebody who,” and “More than what you are you are” from the otherwise stellar “More Than.” Move In Spectrums is good—with more ambition it could have been great. But it sure is nice to hear from you, ladies. 

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