Au Revoir Simone’s sprawling new Bandcamp (and Spotify) release, “How Long,” sets listeners upon an orbit of interstellar beauty. With production from Jorge Elbrecht, the wondrous track came as a surprise. It’s the Brooklyn-based, synth-pop band’s first release in several years, though they appeared in 2017’s Twin Peaks: The Return (episode four) and member Erika Spring released the acclaimed EP, Scars, in 2018.
From a forthcoming five-track EP of the same name, “Scars” acts as a reminder that Erika Spring (of Au Revoir Simone) knows how to cast an emotional spell and transfix with otherworldly beauty. Co-written and produced by Dap-Kings’ Homer Steinweiss, the lead single addresses Spring’s grief over an early miscarriage. Sadness emanates from the piano-driven track, but there’s power here, too.