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Lucky Listens: Erika Spring

You might recognize Erika Spring's signature blunt-cut bangs and sweet, dreamy voice from her work with Brooklyn pop trio Au Revoir Simone—but when the synth-heavy group decided to take a break a few years back, she knew she needed to keep her creative momentum going. The final product of her efforts? A self-titled, six-track EP, which dropped just last week.

Of the differences between her group's songs and her own (the latter of which were produced by Violens' Jorge Elbrecht), she told me, "I feel like all my older songs were 'relationship songs.' These ones are a little more personal, a little more about me. As i get older, I feel like I need more reminders that I'm on the right path, like little pep talks—and there's definitely an element of that in here."

So how did her solo songs, like the drum-laced "Hidden" and the soft, ethereal "6 More Weeks," come to be? "They start with melodies that come into my head while I'm walking around, riding my bike, trying to fall asleep at night—that happens a lot," says Erika. "I always have my iPhone recorder close by these days—it's much easier than writing out the notes. All the songs just start out as little lines of lyrics, some of which I go back and change later."

As for her EP's hazy, pastel-toned album art, it turns out there was a fashionable tie-in at play. "It's a close-up of a shirt!" Erika explained. "It's a top I got from this Swedish vintage shop called Malin Landaeus. The owner does these hand-dyed silk tops that are repurposed from vintage pieces. They're done in these really bright colors—not tie-dyed and not splatter-painted, but somewhere in between. They're just so beautiful and watercolor-y...and so one of them became the album cover."

Au Revoir Simone fans, by the way, needn't worry—the group's still going strong, and is currently recording a new album Erika hopes to release next January. "A lot of solo projects signify the end of a band," she explains, "but this wasn't like that at all. The girls have been so supportive of me."

Check out the beautiful video for Erika's single "Hidden" below, then click through the gallery to learn more about the singer's favorite New York stores and current must-haves.

HIDDEN- ERIKA SPRING from celia rowlson-hall on Vimeo.

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"Malin Landaeus in Williamsburg has the best vintage clothes, shoes and accessories—I bought my glasses here. And their hand-dyed, one-of-a-kind watercolor silk pieces are stunning."

157 N 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (646) 361-0261

 

Photo via Malinlandaeus.tumblr.com

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"The Reformation is great for when you need something to instantly feel sexy in."

156 Ludlow Street, New York, NY 10002, (646) 448-4925

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"I love finding random pieces that no one else will have on eBay. I just purchased a denim motorcycle jacket by Jordache and a bizarre pair of 'new wave' grey pants with horizontal, square mid-thigh pockets—I hope they fit!"

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"My favorite neighborhood shop is Raised By Wolves in Greenpoint—it's the perfect small boutique. They always have great selects from rad labels, including one of my favorites, Something Else (which is from Australia). They also stock some really pretty woven bra tops by Free People."

174 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222, (917) 291-5356

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"I love No Relation Vintage on 1st Ave and 12th Street—I can always find something I want there for $10!"

204 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009, (212) 228-5201

Photo via Ltrainvintage.com

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"I love Belle by Sigerson Morrison—they make really fun and elegant shoes."

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"Megagem makes the best pillows, which you can pick up on Etsy."

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"Skinnyskinny in Williamsburg has great non-toxic nail polish and natural makeup."

268 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211, (718) 366-2201

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"Sprout Home is where I get all my plants. They have a beautiful selection—way more unique than your average garden shop. They also have gorgeous cut flowers."

44 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249, (718) 388-4440

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