Au Revoir Simone in Austin. (CC) o.J. Lopena.

Boys and girls alike can feel free to crush musically on Au Revoir Simone. In a gloomy world of sound-alike synthpop, the Brooklyn trio has forged their own, unique sound, a peerless breed of sensitive synthy goodness. The songs are relentlessly intimate and honest, genuine rock writing instead of overburdened pastiche. I think a lot of us growing up wanted to be able to sound like this, when we picked up that first electronic keyboard.

And yes, for keyboard lovers, there’s something really special about seeing three keyboards, with no guitars, no drums, and no boys in sight. Love the Beatles as I do, there was apparently some point in the 60s in which everyone decided we’d be stuck with one instrumentation and any females present would be vocalists only, but Au Revoir Simone is a sign of hope.

On my first listen, the new album “Still Night, Still Light” has more and more clearly polished ideas than any of their outings so far. I have to spend some more time with it, but I find it’s impossible not to just feel good listening to their work, and that’s a nice thing for music to do.

On to how you can grab the album: physical CD pre-orders and vinyl are available from the band’s website, but Amie Street has an absurdly good deals on the music, available right now:

Au Revoir Simone: Still Night, Still Light [Amie Street]

(and yes, apologies for those outside the US – if you spot deals in your neighborhood, let us know)

Update: Note that all four albums, including the new one, are also on emusic. (Thanks, zenzen in comments!) Emusic albums may not be available everywhere, but that could help you out in at least some parts of the world.

Amie Street uses flexible pricing based on popularity. When I picked up the album, it was at US$5.90, but that price will creep upwards as more people grab it. Here’s why it’s cheap, though: for 24 hours, you can subtract 25% off the price, and for some unspecified period of time, when you buy this album, you get the first three albums from the band free. In other words, you’re talking around six bucks for all four albums, as 320 kbps MP3s. I have no affiliate relationship with Amie Street and there’s no one from ARS’ PR and publicity calling me to bug me to say this. I just expect you’ll get a couple of bucks in value from each album. If you’re not sure, Amie Street has full streams of each album.

Now, keyboard spotting anyone? The Nord Electro 2 is always front and center, there’s a Novation BassStation, I think, the KORG microKORG, lots of drum machines… carry on.

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  • Matt_C

    It seems that deal isn't available in the UK. Darn it.

  • http://pooteeweet.org DJ SD

    yeah .. europe is out .. nice that they let you play the songs and buy credit still. narf .. 10USD out the window (will see if I can get a refund), should have insisted on finding that buy button before buying credit. Pitty, the tracks I peeked into sounded really nice.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Yeah, I hope we get beyond this per-country marketing. It makes no sense at all. Obviously, what would benefit the artist is if you, The Audience, who are on The Internet and live On Earth could just go and buy the thing with Money.

  • Gogmagog

    Lots of organ sounds. *sigh*

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @gogmagog: Ha! I like the album, but … yes, I agree.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    Speaking only for myself, I want to hear the whole album, or at least a few songs in their entirety, before buying an album. Remember, first I have to hear it, then I have to like it, then I'll buy it.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Amie Street is streaming the whole album, so go for it.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    Huh? I was just there, and I got only 60 seconds of the beginning of each song before it moved on.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    Nope, 1:21 of each song is all I'm allowed to listen to. Do I have to log in or create an account or something? Because that's also a fail.

  • http://pooteeweet.org DJ SD

    Ah, thx to the wonders if IT aka proxies.
    http://www.djtechtools.com/2009/04/13/bypass-beat

  • http://themrecords.com Mushen

    a remix i did of "through the backyards of our neighbors"

    http://myspace.com/kallipolisblank

  • Simon

    Jeez its so hard to get music these days isn't it!! Such a pain to have to make any effort to discover it and then buy it. Not like the bad old days when you had to actually go out and talk to people and meet with people and do a bit of detective work to find the latest stuff. Whats the world coming to?? I can't wait for a time when we no longer even have to think about it. In future musicians should be able to read our minds and music will automatically be created and then inserted into our brains. Takes away all that hassle.

  • http://www.amiestreet.com/user/IanWhalen Ian

    Matt_C (and others),

    On behalf of Amie Street, I'm really sorry for the territory restrictions on the new album from Au Revoir Simone. For obvious reasons we too wish we could sell all the music on Amie Street to all of our customers – it only benefits us to be able to sell as much music to as many people as possible :)

    To explain, the 'N/A in Region' restriction is unfortunately required by our licenses with certain content providers who can only offer the right to offer music for download within a certain territory, and we aren't allowed to sell it outside of that territory. I know it's disappointing, and we are always negotiating with our content providers and international rights societies to expand the range of territories in which we can sell our music.

    Hope that makes sense.

    Regards,

    Ian Whalen

    Amie Street

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    @Simon: I can't help but think your dig is directed right at me. So let me let you in on a little secret:

    I'm drowning in new music to listen to.

    There's so much out there, that I can pass anything put in front of me by without a second thought. So when I'm presented with something that has preview length restrictions, that I can't listen to first, it gets passed by without a second thought. I have so much other stuff to listen to.

    That's the only point I'm trying to make here.

  • http://dancerobotdance.com Brian

    It seems to me that 60 seconds or 81 seconds or whatever of each song is pretty generous, and is more than enough to know whether or not you want to commit. Most of the music sites, eMusic etc, are based on this 60- or 30-second model. Back in the olden days we were limited to just one song on the "radio" which would then lead us to the "record store" where we'd pay $14 for an entire "album" of songs, only one we'd likely heard. This, to me, is a much better way.

    I'd love to know where is it that you can listen freely to each and every song in its entirety before deciding whether you want to send your $7.50 on the album.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum
  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    And before you ask, yes, I have bought a download from them: the new Humphreys and Keen.

    http://humphreysandkeen.bandcamp.com/

    In FLAC, no less.

  • http://dancerobotdance.com Brian

    Well if you only buy music from Bandcamp, I commend you. Beatport, eMusic, and iTunes all limit the length. Most of what I find on Bandcamp is free, and not much is good.

    My point is that if you're holding out for full-length previews of every song on an album, you're missing some really good stuff, including this Au Revoir Simone. I can't imagine you're really drowning in Humphreys and Keen.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    20 Minute Loop is another I discovered on Bandcamp, and they are one of the best bands I've heard for a very long time. I'm going to pull the trigger on that album when I get the spare cash for it.

    http://20minuteloop.bandcamp.com/

    I tried eMusic, and I have the same complaint about it that you have about Bandcamp: there was nothing there I thought was any good. I don't use iTunes, as I run Linux at home (I'm broke and can't afford a legit copy of Windows, and I refuse to pirate – same goes for music). Beatport I have no experience with.

    If you're happy with short sample, then good on you. I'm not, and it's as simple as that. I have plenty of other ways of finding things, including recommendations from friends who's tastes align with mine. That's how I found Humphreys and Keen.

  • http://twitter.com/dmlandrum Darren Landrum

    Oh, and there's the boxes of free vinyl I get regularly from places like Craigslist and Freecycle. All sorts of hidden gems in those, sometimes.

    And that's all I'm going to say. It's clear nobody is going to change anybody's mind with this arguing. I never should have started it to begin with.

  • gwenhwyfaer

    Mind if ARS are really all that, one might expect them to be urgently having words with their distributors, and/or cutting some kind of deal with Amie St directly. After all, it's their music, isn't it? Surely having created it, they can do with it as they please?

    ;/

  • zenzen

    Four Au Revoir Simone albums are available on emusic. (I am in Canada; for copyright reasons I know that certain tunes/albums are not available everywhere.)

  • http://snapshotintime.blogspot.com/ wi_ngo

    Man, I love (or, am in love with) this band.

  • http://circuitreerecords.com pg13

    gwenhwyfaer:

    I can tell you from experience that this is not always the case. Even independent record labels have to sign a contract with distributors. then there is liscensing deals which split the album up into territories, and gives multiple music publishers the rights to sell the album only in those territories.

  • http://thomaspetercarter.tumblr.com/ Tom Carter

    i love this band so much… *sigh*

  • jenz

    Wait, I really don't get it. Peter's putting this band up on his blog because they "play keyboards?" Do I have that right?

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    I think anyone who's musically inspiring is fair game on this site. It's personal. If you don't like it, I suggest moving on to the next story — or, even better, because a lot of what I write about comes from readers, suggest something you care about and you think is appropriate for the site — really. A lot better than saying "this doesn't fit" is, "I think this would fit."

  • Chris

    I like this. A lot. Not what I usually visit CDM for, but thanks. :)