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Artist: AIR (AIR French Band)
Genre: Electronic, Indietronic, Psychedelic Pop, Ambient, Chillout
Country: France


Albums:


1998 - Moon Safari

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Tracklisting:
01. La Femme d'Argent [7:11]
02. Sexy Boy [4:58]
03. All I Need [4:28]
04. Kelly Watch the Stars [3:45]
05. Talisman [4:17]
06. Remember [2:34]
07. You Make it Easy [4:02]
08. Ce Matin La [3:39]
09. New Star in the Sky [5:41]
10. Le Voyage de Penelope [3:11]
Duration: 00:43:46

"The primordial instinct of every human being is to assure himself of a shelter"
- Le Corbusier
'Vers Une Architecture', 1923


Translucent as hydrogen, effervescent as carbon dioxide, energizing as oxygen. Air make music that you want to breathe into every cell of your being. From the moment they exhaled the magic of "Modulor Mix" into the world, back in early 1996, Air (aka Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel) have constructed their own distinctive audio realm within the universe of sound as we know it.
space
spaceA diffuse, poetic, post-club ambience which takes from the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and John Barry, French kitsch, the classical sublime, the looped structures of electronica and the poignancy of pop. A truly contemporary pastoral with a sense of space and tranquility and elemental calm that's out on it's own. And a simple, exquisite, articulate emotionalism that's rare in a fucked-up, chaotic and callous world.


"We don't like this world;
we want to escape from it"
- Nicolas Godin


1999 - Premiers Symptômes

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Tracklisting:
01. Air / Modular Mix [6:00]
02. Air / Casanova 70 [5:53]
03. Air / Les Professionnels [4:33]
04. Air / J'ai dormi sous l'eau [5:42]
05. Air / Le soleil est près de moi [4:52]
06. Air / Californie [2:27]
07. Alex Gopher / Gordini Mix (Brakes On mix) [4:26]
Duration: 00:33:54

A molecule of air is invisible and weightless and evasive to the hands grasp. Like the early singles of French band Air. Translucent and dreamlike and dispersed into the world between '95 and '97. Virtually impossible to get hold of. Until now. Premiers Symptomes is a collection of the gentle, fluid, langour of Air's first, perfectly formed, pieces. Featuring seven pre-Moon Safari moments in the evolution of Air. It includes "Modular," their musical gift to Le Corbusier's hypothetical Modular Man with its effervescent scrolls of Rhodes, like oxygen bubbles rising through water. "Casanova 70," a soothing , beatless ode to filmic sensualism. For "Californie": "We were imagining a man in the desert in California" says Jean Benoit Dunckel, "He was walking a lot and and he wanted to drink and he had no water. He is very thirsty and near to dying, suddenly he sees the long wide sea in front of him and he is very happy."

"Premiers Symtomes was a sort of experimentation," muses JB. "It was a special, special time. When we made this record it was with very little equipment and we were completely unknown."

Treasure the moments from Air's early epoch on Premiers Symptomes. For they are the carefree imaginings of a band whose dreams are all about to come true. Tracks like "J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau," slow, hypnotic, warm and muted in soundrange are like the amniotic sleep that happens in water before emergence and birth. And you can hear the beginnings of Moon Safari in these multi layered instrumentals: delicate patterns that overlap, pause and begin anew, like "Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi," worked on with intensity over days and nights, written in three parts. "We are interested in harmonies and the emotions of the chords and the melodies," affirms JB. You can hear.

So before you move forward, take a nostalgic look back. Back to some of the most subtle and beautiful singles to hit record stores in recent years. You may never find the originals of Modular and Casanova 70 now, but on Premiers Symtomes, they're within easy grasp.


2000 - The Virgin Suicides (Soundtrack)

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Tracklisting:
01. Playground Love [3:32]
02. Clouds Up [1:30]
03. Bathroom Girl [2:26]
04. Cemetary Party [2:37]
05. Dark Messages [2:28]
06. The Word 'Hurricane' [2:33]
07. Dirty Trip [6:13]
08. Highschool Lover [2:42]
09. Afternoon Sister [2:25]
10. Ghost Song [2:16]
11. Empty House [2:58]
12. Dead Bodies [2:59]
13. Suicide Underground [5:53]
Duration: 00:40:31

Often refered to playfully as "The Dark Side Of The Moon Safari", Air's original motion picture score for Sofia Coppola's directorial debut "The Virgin Suicides" is much darker and moodier than previous Air material and has a definite 70's rock feel. The album features 13 instrumental tracks (except for the first song, "Playground Love," which features newcomer Gordon Traxx on vocals), with occasional dialogue from the movie woven into the music for dramatic effect. The movie itself has gathered numerous accolades since its release in April, 2000 and features a stellar cast including Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Kathleen Turner and James Woods. Also that year, Air played a one time only show in Los Angeles, where they performed the music to "The Virgin Suicides" in its entirety. A memento of that performance can be found on the Astralwerks rarities collection Rarewerks Volume 2, which features "Dirty Trip" (Live).


2001 - 10,000 Hz Legend

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Tracklisting:
01. Electronic Performers [5:36]
02. How Does It Make You Feel? [4:38]
03. Radio #1 [4:23]
04. The Vagabond [5:37]
05. Radian [7:38]
06. Lucky And Unhappy [4:31]
07. Sex Born Poison [6:19]
08. People In The City [4:57]
09. Wonder Milky Bitch [5:50]
10. Don't Be Light [6:19]
11. Caramel Prisoner [4:57]
Duration: 01:00:44

2002 - Everybody Hertz

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Tracklisting:
01. Don't Be Light (Edit) [3:18]
02. Don't Be Light (Mr Oizo Remix) [4:17]
03. How Does It Make You Feel? (Adrian Sherwood Version) [4:41]
04. Don't Be Light (Neptunes Remix) [4:11]
05. People In The City (Modjo Version) [4:50]
06. Don't Be Light (The Hacker Remix) [6:25]
07. How Does It Make You Feel? (Edit) [3:38]
08. Don't Be Light (Malibu Remix) [5:21]
09. People In The City (Jack Lahana Remix) [5:08]
10. The Way You Look Tonight [3:47]
Duration: 00:45:35

2003 - City Reading (Tre Storie Western)

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Tracklisting:
01. Bird (7:20)
02. La Puttana Di Closingtown (2:40)
03. Prologo Per La Puttana Di Closingtown (1:05)
04. Se Vuoi Capire La Loro Storia (4:14)
05. Pat Cobhan Ride (2:01)
06. Fanny Scivola Con Le Labbra (1:24)
07. Pat Cobhan Alza Gli Occhi (2:36)
08. Young (4:13)
09. 'Affanculo (1:38)
10. Quell'uomo Bara, Dice (1:35)
11. Finale (3:20)
12. Prologo (3:40)
13. Il Primo Giorno (4:57)
14. Il Secondo Giorno (5:34)
15. Il Terzo Giorno (1:16)
16. L'urlo (0:55)
17. Mondo Sparito (4:21)
18. Il Quarto Giorno (1:13)
19. Macchie Di Sangue (3:08)
Duration: 00:57:09

2004 - Talkie Walkie

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Tracklisting:
01. Venus [4:05]
02. Cherry Blossom Girl [3:40]
03. Run [4:12]
04. Universal Traveler [4:22]
05. Mike Mills [4:27]
06. Surfing on a Rocket [3:43]
07. Another Day [3:21]
08. Alpha Beta Gaga [4:40]
09. Biological [6:05]
10. Alone in Kyoto [4:51]
Duration: 00:43:25

AIR & VA: 2006 - Late Night Tales

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Tracklisting:
01. The Cure - All Cats Are Grey (5:11)
02. Black Sabbath - Planet Caravan (4:20)
03. Nino Rota - O' Venezia Venaga Venusia (3:39)
04. The Band - I Shall Be Released (3:09)
05. Georges Delerue - Camille (2:30)
06. Japan - Ghosts (4:09)
07. Scott Walker - The Old Man's Back Again (3:38)
08. Jeff Alexander - Come Wander With Me (2:55)
09. Cat Power - Metal Heart (4:00)
10. Minnie Riperton - Lovin' You (3:39)
11. Tan Dun - For The World (4:13)
12. Sebastien Tellier - Le Long De La Riviere Tendre (2:46)
13. Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn's Done Come (4:04)
14. Robert Wyatt - P.L.A. (2:25)
15. Elliot Smith - Let's Get Lost (2:24)
16. The Troggs - Cousin Jane (2:24)
17. Air - Musica (with Alessandro Baricco) (3:04)
18. The Cleveland Orchestra - Ravel: Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte (4:58)
Duration: 01:03:29

2007 - Pocket Symphony

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Tracklisting:
01. Space Maker [4:03]
02. Once Upon A Time [5:01]
03. One Hell Of A Party [4:02]
04. Napalm Love [3:27]
05. Mayfair Song [4:19]
06. Left Bank [4:06]
07. Photograph [3:51]
08. Mer Du Japon [3:04]
09. Lost Message [3:32]
10. Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping [3:36]
11. Redhead Girl [4:31]
12. Night Sight [4:21]
Duration: 00:47:54

Just one long ambient swoosh, then? Not a bit of it. Bookended by dreamy instrumentals (with strings arranged and conducted by the none-more-soundtrackish Joby Talbot), "Pocket Symphony"'s cuts are as distinctive as patterned patchwork squares (albeit all made from mint green silk). "Once Upon A Time"'s Brad Mehldau-like piano and a girly-sounding Dunckel combine to create an artsy fairy tale. Jarvis sighs and groans his way through his own world-weary lyrics for post-relationship ballad "One Hell Of A Party", while "Napalm Love"'s repetitive, buzzing, confoundingly hypnotic groove wraps a thick quilt around the listener's head in the manner of a slightly sinister seducer.

The finger-picked guitar of "Left Bank" certainly borrows from Jose Gonzalez, while the thrusting disco of the tremendous "Mer Du Japon" recalls the wind-in-the-hair blast that was its makers own genre-defining "Sexy Boy". The affecting "Somewhere Between Waking And Sleeping" has Neil Hannon living out a soft-focus, Pink Floyd-esque psych fantasy. "Moon Safari Part Two", then? Well, not quite. There's something austere and controlled about this 12-track exercise in Gallic cool that makes the saucy retro-futurism of a (near) decade ago seem a long way away.

Stylish, ephemeral and inscrutable - long may the Godfathers of French ambience pout.

2008 - Moon Safari (10th Anniversary Edition)

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Tracklisting:
CD1
01. La femme d'argent [7:11]
02. Sexy boy [4:58]
03. All I need [4:28]
04. Kelly watch the stars [3:45]
05. Talisman [4:17]
06. Remember [2:34]
07. You make it easy [4:02]
08. Ce matin la [3:39]
09. New star in the sky [5:41]
10. Le voyage de Penelope [3:11]
CD2
01. Remember (David Whitaker Version) [2:25]
02. Kelly Watch The Stars (Live BBC 1998) [2:44]
03. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau (Live BBC 1998) [4:11]
04. Sexy Boy (Live BBC 1998) [3:10]
05. Kelly Watch The Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix) [5:41]
06. Trente Millions D'Amis (Live KCRW 1998) [4:34]
07. You Make It Easy (Live KCRW 1998) [4:45]
08. Bossa 96 (Demo) [4:44]
09. Kelly Watch The Stars (Demo) [3:47]
10. Sexy Boy (Sex Kino Mix) [6:36]
Duration: 01:26:24

2009 - Love 2

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Tracklisting:
01. Do The Joy [3:03]
02. Love [2:43]
03. So Light Is Her Footfall [3:14]
04. Be A Bee [3:46]
05. Missing The Light Of The Day [4:26]
06. Tropical Disease [6:49]
07. Heaven's Light [3:53]
08. Night Hunter [4:14]
09. Sing Sang Sung [3:08]
10. Eat My Beat [2:46]
11. You Can Tell [4:11]
12. African Velvet [3:51]
Duration: 00:46:05

2012 - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

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Tracklisting:
01. Astronomic Club (3:13)
02. Seven Stars (4:23)
03. Retour Sur Terre (0:33)
04. Parade (2:33)
05. Moon Fever (3:34)
06. Sonic Armada (5:05)
07. Who Am I Now? (3:01)
08. Décollage (1:38)
09. Cosmic Trip (4:10)
10. Homme Lune (0:18)
11. Lava (2:53)
Duration: 00:31:20


Singles/EPs


1995 - Modulor Mix (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Modulor Mix (6:03)
02. No Protection Remix (5:49)
03. Stein House Remix (10:35)
Duration: 00:22:26

1996 - Modular Mix (Promo CDS)

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Tracklisting:
01. Modulor Mix (6:03)
02. Modulor (Source Direct Remix) (6:55)
03. Modulor (DJ Cam No Protection Remix) (5:49)
Duration: 00:18:47

1996 - Casanova 70 (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Casanova 70 [5:54]
02. Les Professionnels [4:34]
03. Casanova 70 (The Secret of Cool) [5:32]
04. Casanova 70 (Moodswings) [6:21]
Duration: 00:22:20

"Casanova 70", with it's gentle strokes of harp and languid horns, is, undeniably one of the most sensual and romantic downtempo records ever produced. If you listen closely, you'll also hear a track made almost entirely without the use of drums or percussion.


1997 - Le Soleil Est Près De Moi (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Le Soleil Est Près De Moi (4:53)
02. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau (5:43)
03. Le Soleil Est Près De Moi (Automator Remix) (6:43)
04. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau (Chateau Flight Remix) (4:46)
Duration: 00:22:04

1998 - Moon Safari Promotional Sampler (Promo)

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Tracklisting:
01. Californie / La Femme d'Argent (9:19)

Duration: 00:09:19

1998 - All I Need (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. All I Need (Avec Beth Hirsch Edit) [4:02]
02. Kelly Watch the Stars (Moog Cookbook Remix) [5:41]
03. Kelly Watch the Stars (American Girls Remix) [5:13]
Duration: 00:14:55

1998 - Kelly Watch The Stars (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Kelly Watch The Stars (Radio Edit) [3:42]
02. Sexy Boy (Sex Kino Music) [6:35]
03. Kelly Watch The Stars (Album Version) [3:46]
04. Remember (D. Whitaker Version) [2:23]
Duration: 00:16:26

1998 - Sexy Boy (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Sexy Boy (Radio Edit) [3:53]
02. Sexy Boy (Sex Kino Mix) [Beck] [6:36]
03. Sexy Boy (Cassius Radio Mix) [4:44]
04. Sexy Boy (Étienne De Crécy & The Flower Pistols Remix) [4:59]
05. Jeanne [with Françoise Hardy] [4:23]
Duration: 00:24:34

2000 - Playground Love (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Playground Love (feat. Gordon Tracks) [3:33]
02. Bathroom Girl (demo version) [4:15]
03. Playground Love (vibraphone version) [3:50]
04. Playground Love (Nosferatu remix by Flower Pistols) [3:25]
05. Highschool Prom (Playground Love - Rob remix) [2:26]
Duration: 00:17:29

2001 - Radio #1 (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Radio #1 (4:27)
02. Radio #1 (JP Cristal Remix) (5:06)
03. Flowerhead (5:37)
Duration: 00:15:11

2001 - Radio #1 (France CDM)

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Tracklisting:
01. Radio #1 (4:25)
02. Radio #1 Senor Coconut's Rumbamambochacha Remix (3:38)
03. Radio #1 JP Cristal Remix (5:06)
Duration: 00:13:09

2004 - Cherry Blossom Girl (Single) (FLAC (image +.cue))

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Tracklisting:
01. Cherry Blossom Girl (Radio Mix) [3:43]
02. Cherry Blossom Girl (Hope Sandoval Version) [2:53]
03. Cherry Blossom Girl (Simian Mobile Disco Mix) [5:54]
04. Cherry Blossom Girl (Fanny [CBG Demo]) [3:09]
Duration: 00:15:39

2004 - Alpha Beta Gaga (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Edit [3:04]
02. Mark Ronson Remix Edit Feat Rhymefest [3:37]
03. Mark Ronsom Dub [5:10]
04. Jackson Remix [4:22]
05. Cherry Blossom girl (radio mix) [3:42]
Duration: 00:19:54


2004 - Surfing on a Rocket (EP)

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Tracklisting:
01. Surfing on a Rocket (Remixed by Nomo Heroes - Tel Aviv Rocket Surfing Remake) [5:22]
02. Alpha Beta Gaga (Mark Ronson Vocal Mix - feat. Rhymefest) [4:39]
03. Easy Going Woman (Previously Unreleased) [4:32]
04. Surfing on a Rocket (Remixed by Juan Maclean) [7:03]
05. Alpha Beta Gaga (Jackson remix) [4:24]
06. Surfing on a Rocket (Remixed by Joakim - To The Smiling Sun Remix) [6:32]
07. Alpha Beta Gaga (Mark Ronson Instrumental Mix) [3:12]
Duration: 00:35:44

2007 - Once Upon A Time (Single)

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Tracklisting:
01. Once Upon A Time (Radio Edit) (3:46)
02. Once Upon A Time (5:03)
03. High Point (4:03)
Duration: 00:12:52

2010 - So Light Is Her Footfall (Remixes)

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Tracklisting:
01. So Light is Her Footfall (Breakbot Remix) (4:20)
02. So Light is Her Footfall (Metronomy Remix) (4:01)
03. So Light is Her Footfall (Solal Remix) (3:12)
04. So Light is Her Footfall (Space G Remix) (5:05)
Duration: 00:16:37


Live


2001 - Air concerts

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Tracklisting:
01. Dirty trip ("The Virgin Suicides Show" - American Legion Hall - 22 Janvier 2000) (4:57)
02. Don't be light ( "10 000Hz Legend Tour" - Elysee Montmartre - 27 Avril 2001) (6:11)

Duration: 00:11:08

Free with the french magazine "Les Inrockuptibles" N°296


Mixtapes


AIR & VA: 2002 - Deck Safari - Part One

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Tracklisting:
CD1
01. David Bowie - Speed of Life (1:32)
02. The Beatles - The End (1:00)
03. Beck - Lloyd Price Express (3:05)
04. Rollerball - Executive Party Dance (1:45)
05. Dooplereffect - Pornographic Movies (2:07)
06. M.A.S.H. - Suicide Is Painless (2:35)
07. Quincy Jones - Summer In The City (3:40)
08. Serge Gainsbourg - En Melody (2:59)
09. Soft Machine - The Soft Wead Factor (2:22)
10. Michel Polnareff - Computer Dream (3:51)
11. Minnie Ripperton - Loving You (3:42)
12. John Lennon - How Do You Sleep (4:54)
13. Jean Jacques Perrey - Flight Of The Bumblebee (2:09)
14. Beastie Boys - Car Thief (3:04)
15. Ween - Roses Are Free (4:37)
16. The Cure - In Your House (2:54)
17. Sly Stone - In Time (5:45)
18. Frank Sinatra - Water To Drink (2:35)
19. Prince - Crazy You (1:52)
20. Kraftwerk - Stratovarius (3:31)
CD2
01. Small Faces - Ogden's Nut Gone Flake (2:11)
02. Beck - Electric Music & The Summer People (3:39)
03. Air - Malfunction (1:07)
04. Velvet Underground - Ocean (3:57)
05. Money Mark - Pinto's New Car (2:39)
06. Richard De Bordeaux - La Drogue (2:56)
07. Stanley Cowell - Travelling Man (4:12)
08. Supergrass - Lose It (2:36)
09. Funk Factory - Rien Ne Va Plus (5:15)
10. Brian Eno - On Some Faraway Beach (3:04)
11. Michel Polnareff - Polnareve (1:10)
12. Midnight Cowboy - Everybody's Talking (0:36)
13. Francis Lai - Generique Fr3 (3:19)
14. Phoenix - City Lights (3:20)
15. Pharcyde - Passin' Me By (Remix) (4:55)
16. Chic - At Last I Am Free (6:15)
17. David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World (3:58)
18. Beck - Deadweight (4:50)

Duration: 02:00:00


Darkel


Darkel: 2006 - Darkel

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Tracklisting:
01. Be My Friend (4:17)
02. At the End of the Sky (4:12)
03. TV Destroy (3:11)
04. Some Men (4:09)
05. My Own Sun (3:41)
06. Pearl (4:07)
07. Earth (6:37)
08. Beautiful Woman (2:40)
09. How Brave You Are (4:29)
10. Bathroom Spirit (6:53)
Duration: 00:44:16

Darkel: 2006 - At The End Of The Sky (EP)

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Tracklisting:
01. At The End Of The Sky (4:15)
02. Bunny Girl (4:38)
03. Stay (3:02)
Duration: 00:11:54



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"I think our music is a dreamful music.....
our tracks are like dreams, we want to escape from reality."
- Jean Benoit Dunckel

Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin are modernists. Air embrace the new. Each album is a move away from the last and a journey towards something else. Their music is intellectually stimulating yet intuitively simple; elegiac and triumphal; beyond pop and yet resolutely of it, too. Yet Air are no academically dry intellectuals either. If their music is full of French-style clichés about boy meeting girl, it’s done so playfully, with a knowing wink. They know their way round a good joke and can deadpan for the Republic.

Pocket Symphony is their fourth studio album proper and the follow up to 2004’s Talkie Walkie (although if you include their Allessandro Baricco City Reading collaboration, the Virgin Suicides soundtrack and their recent Charlotte Gainsbourg production 5:55 they could claim seven). It’s also the fourth album they have done in conjunction with English producer Nigel Godrich (“he’s so cool, he could be French,” quips Air’s Nicolas).

Pocket Symphony is, despite being a distinct step away from orthodox pop modes, a return to some of pastoral atmospherics of their now seminal debut album Moon Safari. Nicolas puts it thus: “This album is different. We decided to go back to the soundtrack music-style, with more instrumentals and less songs.”

Yet paradoxically it’s a far cry from the series of pop hits they enjoyed in 1998, with clear notes of minimalism among the clingy hooks and deceptively complex piano lines. “Increasingly, we are trying to get away from the pop sound,” says Jean-Benoit. “I suppose we are influenced by modern composers like Philip Glass or even early 20th century classical composers like Ravel or Erik Satie. The way we work is that we improvise together. It’s like magic because we always have something in common, like a new direction or desire, each time when we write a song. There’s always a conscious desire to reject the previous album.”

The most obvious difference from previous recordings are the Eastern influences – most evident on “One Hell Of A Party” – but throughout the whole set. Taking Talkie Walkie closing track “Alone In Kyoto” as the catalyst (you can hear clear influences from the British pop group Japan), the duo built Pocket Symphony around this precedent. Nicolas spent a year learning Far Eastern classical instruments the koto and shamisen, through an Okinawa master.

“We found her through the Japanese embassy,” explains Nicolas. “It took me a year to learn them.” And, according to a deadpan Nicolas, it was his Muse (what we in the US might refer to as a girlfriend) who persuaded him to pursue this direction: “We were at Café de Flore in Paris. We were drunk and she told me we should do something linked with Japan and its culture.”

Despite this organic approach, they have been embracing the joys of modern technology, seeing it as the tool that it is rather than the straitjacket it often becomes. “Now the computer is really important for us,” claims Jean-Benoit. “To start with we were totally opposed to this process because we wanted to use only analogue keyboards. But increasingly we had to admit that you can’t do everything with analogue keyboards. Also, in France, we have this modern research centre called IRCAM and it’s run by Pierre Boulez, the composer, and they are constantly inventing new plug-ins so we’ve been playing with them.”

The most surprising additions to the Air canon are the collaborations with Neil Hannon and Jarvis Cocker, though as the pair explain this was not part of a grand plan. “We met them when we produced the Charlotte Gainsbourg album, because they were writing the lyrics,” says Nicolas. “It wasn’t like, “oh let’s get some people in, who can we feature?” We met and the vibe was cool and we wrote the songs together.” Given ample Air time with which to play, Hannon and Cocker deliver brilliantly understated performances, yet still not without grit and attack and, in Jarvis’ case, quiet menace.

Pocket Symphony is Air at their most sparse, the excess trimmed to the bone as they seek to reach a simple purity in what they do, aided in their efforts by producer Nigel Godrich who, according to Nicolas, “helps us to accept simplicity, otherwise we might make the songs too complicated.” It is these delicate palettes that make the album such a delight, like the smoky aromas of Lapsang Suchong. “It’s weird because now I’m in such a different mood,” chuckles Nicolas. “Now I really have new ideas for another album. It’s cool. It’s good to do things to get rid of them. Then you have space in your mind to welcome new ideas. It’s a cleansing thing.”
Or as Jean-Benoit claims: “You can’t fight against the future.” Modernists, indeed.
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