Release Date: Jul 10, 2012
Record label: Cascine
Erika Spring, one-third of Brooklyn’s Au Revoir Simone, took advantage of the band’s recent hiatus to put forth her solo debut: a 16-minute EP that has similarities to the trio’s dreamy synth-pop, but takes the music into lusher, sexier ’80s territory. Intro “Happy at Your Gate” is particularly assertive in its sonic seduction, with Spring’s sweet vocals winking at innocence. “Were you waiting for me?” she breathily asks, and the only answer possible is: oh god, yes.
Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation, the Casio-bright 2005 debut from Brooklyn synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone, was a decadent cake of a record: irresistibly sweet to some palates, toothache-inducing to others. With each release, though, the band extracted some sugar from the recipe. Placing more emphasis on mood than chirpy melody, their latest and strongest record, 2009's Still Light, Still Night felt more Stereolab than Mates of State.
Erika Spring offers five gorgeously lush and atmospheric electro-pop tunes on her solo debut, all the while maintaining her flirtatious vocal presence. There’s not a dull moment to be had on EP, and whenever any of the given songs begin to feel like they might succumb to repetition, it’s expertly diverted by a new element that showcases Spring’s compositional strength. These are airy songs that work on a multi-faceted level.
If anyone was worried that Erika Spring was going to use her new EP to experiment with changes to the Au Revoir Simone sound, they can breathe easy. Just because Spring has temporarily separated from the on-hiatus Brooklyn trio doesn't mean she's striking out in new territory. Her self-titled EP is a short and breezy collection of tunes, 24 flavors of synth keyboard stacked on the same cone.
Ethereal Brooklyn synth-pop trio Au Revoir Simone have been on a break since Annie Hart’s pregnancy in 2010, so band member Erika Spring has taken it upon herself to make some more music. Joined by Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht on percussion and production duties, she prepared a self-titled solo EP for Cascine during this time apart. But the question remains: How does the Erika Spring EP compare to the works of her other band? Erika Spring’s solo EP is like a sibling to her work with Au Revoir Simone.