Au Revoir Simone
Arriving at the Union Chapel in Islington it appeared that there could not have a more fitting environment for Au Revoir Simone.
It is such an alluring, exquisite setting which was perfect for the bands sweet, otherworldly sounds, the first of which was All Or Nothing, taken from Still Night, Still Light their latest record. It was an awe-inspiring start to the beautiful Brooklyn trio's 13 track set.
The usual favourite Stay Golden was revamped with the use of the Union Chapel's notably loud piano which gave it a very endearing, urgent sound and so much added depth that you wanted to just close your eyes and get lost in if it weren't for wanting to see Annie, Erika and Heather's sweet faces getting lost in it themselves. Before that came Sad Song, Anywhere You Looked and Shadows and following came another oldie Through The Backyards Of Our Neighbours.
Take Me As I Am was charming and sentimental with lyrics such as; 'I know, It's easier said than done, But we've talked a million hours, To end up just where we begun, In this time we're passing, With these distractions, We could be having fun.'
Then came the new favourite Trace A Line which brought an impressive applause with Annie stomping her feet on a box on the front of the stage adding new sounds to old songs. It sent charming shivers through the packed out crowd who sat in awe at these delicate dreamers.
Following this was Only You Can Make Me Happy, Knight Of Wands and Tell Me and monumental cheers. Whilst this ending left us glowing it surely could not have been over. We needed more. Thankfully, the girls returned to the stage with beaming smiles and watering eyes truly grateful for such appreciation and continued to play Tell Me, Lucky One and Dark Halls in what must be one of the most touching heart-warming encores that I have ever witnessed.
It was climatic and beautiful, it saw Erika run up to the Chapel's pulpit to play the tambourine and dance whilst Heather and Annie looked on at her in shock and awe and evidently could not stop laughing in the most genuine way. Unfortunately it could not last for ever and 10.30pm which Annie cutely dubbed 'God's Bedtime' saw the Union Chapel's curfew when the girls reluctantly left the stage full of happiness and grace to an applause that will have undoubtedly broken the venues 85db noise limit of which Annie made copious jokes about in her between-song chats.
In some ways it was refreshing to see an all girl band who didn't claim to be making some kind of stand about the world. No crazy feministic jives or odd OTT outfits. Nothing but a drum machine, three keyboards and three sweet, ethereal girls living out their wildest dreams and singing about romanticised situations and summers of love with such imagery we feel we could have been there. To be in the audience gave you a sense of something bigger, like you had just witnessed something life-changing. It was obvious to all that the three girls had given a performance that they were acutely proud of and touched by and we, as the audience, gladly reciprocated that feeling right back to them.
with love, Aimée Albans