WILDFANG and Doug Fir present dreamy indie-pop from Brooklyn trio
Au Revoir Simone
830 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR, 97214
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Au Revoir Simone
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.
In early 2008, the band took a break from touring and began writing new material. Produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy) and recorded in various studios between Brooklyn, NY, and Los Angeles, CA, the result is the group's third album, Still Night, Still Light, released on the band's own label, Our Secret Record Company.
Although it features songs written by all three members, the album has a strong thematic cohesion. The more expansive arrangements of The Bird of Music have given way to a new intimacy, one that cherishes reflection, seeking, questioning and losing one's place on the page while looking for the right way home. It also juxtaposes some of the band's quietest moments (the glacial grace of "The Last One") with some of its most raucous (the dizzying exuberance of "Anywhere You Looked"). Still Night, Still Light captures the band at its most exposed, relying on keyboards, drum machines and effortless voices to create a folk record without folk instruments, one that hums with resilience and wonder.
Known for her alternative pop CALLmeKAT is the internationally acclaimed moniker of Scandinavian musician, composer and singer Katrine Ottosen.
She grew up in a forest in the Danish countryside, where she would always find herself secretly drawn towards an old beat up piano. Now later in life her ongoing love for vintage and analog keyboards shines through in her music, infused with an earthy feel and a rare talent for symbiotic relationship between electric and organic elements.
CALLmeKAT's sonic aesthetic simultaneously intimate, burning and distinctively her own, emerges from a melting pot of sparky fantasy - highlighted by a voice that sets her apart from the masses.
In 2008 CALLmeKAT released the critically acclaimed 'I'm In A Polaroid Where Are You?' (EP) and 'Fall Down', through her own Pixiebooth label.
The word in the press also spread internationally:
"Winning lo-fi pop. Downright bluesy" Interview Magazine
"Outstanding voice, delicate music…Just mesmerizing" NPR/All Songs Considered
"This Copenhagen musician manages to stand out from the pop star pack." Nylon Magazine
CALLmeKAT is a seasoned performer and have been gaining recognition for her natural presence and artistic courage wherever she goes; lately in her second NPR session for Bob Boilen's 'All Songs Considered' (reached over 100.000 views on youtube after a mere 2 months), a feature on NBC – but also through numerous headlining shows around Europe, support tours as well as festival showcases at SXSW, Popkomm, Eurosonic, NXNE, MaMA, SPOT and Nordklang just to mention a few.
Now CALLmeKAT is embarking on a new chapter for her music: These days she is working on the anticipated sophomore album, collaborating with drummer and producer Joe Magistro (Prophet Omega) and notable bass player Sara Lee (Gang Of Four, B 52's), with guest appearances by pals from the road; Erika Spring (Au Revoir Simone) and Helgi Jonsson (Sigur Ros).
The album is being recorded in the beautiful Catskill Mountains, in the state of New York and is scheduled for release in the late winter, early spring of 2012.
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