July 16th, 2010
What do you get when you mix a doe eyed Brooklyn trio, a whole bunch of keyboard synthesizers, and a warm summer’s night? Last night’s Toronto Au Revoir Simone show at The Great Hall.
If you’re a fan of electronic music that makes your head bob, your hips sway, and your heart flutter, then Au Revoir Simone are your new favourite band. Think of The Postal Service or Owl City like layers of keyboard creations with Bon Iver or Grizzly Bear-esque harmonies over top.
The three lovely ladies that make up Au Revoir Simone are Erika Forster, Annie Hart, and Heather D’Angelo (all of them being on vocals and keyboards), and each of them took to the stage in a pair of heels and a flowy dress. As if they weren’t cute enough. They then began to serenade us with their dreamy pop beats, each of their three voices blending together in a way that simply melts your heart. Their music sounds of something either found in an antique attic or a wondering wood. Charming and sweet without any toothache.
The show covered all three of their albums, with a focus on their 2009 album Still Night, Still Light. Topics of chit chat included how hot it is outside, writing a song about breaking up with your fiancé, and almost running people over. The Great Hall proved to be the perfect venue for the trio, as it matched the band’s whimsical aesthetic and charm. Every song was welcomed happily, as the audience swayed and bounced along with the three songbirds on stage.
As soon as it began it was over, but the crowd (primarily gentlemen with crushes) demanded for more. Au Revoir Simone graciously pranced back on stage and played two more songs. The first? A fav from their first album (Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation) and a personal favourite of mine, “Through the Backyards of Our Neighbors”. The second and final song of the evening? A brilliant cover of Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer”. It was the perfect way to bring what had been a perfectly lovely evening to a close.Tweet