Air

The word ‘seminal’ is thrown around a lot. But over the past decade, if ever the term was appropriate, it would be when describing Moon Safari, AIR’s debut album.

Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel formed AIR in Paris in 1995 and took their name from amour, imagination, reve (love, imagination, dream). While the AIR sound revolves around the core of Godin and Dunckel, the pair have always enlisted the help of high-profile guests, including Beth Hirsch, Phoenix vocalist Thomas Mars and Beck.

Released in 1998, Moon Safari pulled electronic, lounge and psychedelic influences to define the sound the duo would soon be renowned for. With huge hits in the form of Sexy Boy and Kelly Watch the Stars, Moon Safari won AIR respect from the critics as well as fans of pop and dance music.

In 2000, Air followed up the successes of Moon Safari with the soundtrack to Sophia Coppola film The Virgin Suicides. Though the album was largely instrumental, Playground Love, its one single, remains one of the band’s most-loved songs.

The following year, Godin and Dunckel returned with 10,000 Hz Legend, a more synthetic record when compared to their first two efforts. The album features striking Stephen Hawking-esque vocals on How Does it Make You Feel? as well as guest appearances from Beck on The Vagabond and Don’t Be Light.

After 10,000 Hz Legend, AIR settled on Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) as co-producer and for Talkie Walkie (2003). The relationship continued on current album Pocket Symphony (2007), which features the vocal talents of Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) and Neil Hannon (The Divine Comedy).


Air - Le Voyage Dans Le Lune

Air - Le Voyage Dans Le Lune

By Bradley Armstrong 15th Apr, 2012

Air make a long awaited comeback with an amitious project that occassionally falls flat on it's moon face.

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Phoenix @ Belvior Amphitheatre, Perth (05/03/10)

By Anne-Marie James 9th Mar, 2010

"Scream so loud they hear you in Paris!"

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Splendour clues in Fuji lineup?

By Tom Mann 2nd Mar, 2010

The first acts for Fuji Festival have been announces, but do they offer any clues about the Splendour bill?

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Air – So Light Is Her Footfall

By Sarah Smith 25th Feb, 2010

French princes of ambient electronica Air are back with the aurally stunning ‘So Light Is Her Footfall’.

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Air - Love 2

By Michelle Ho 20th Oct, 2009

Parisian electronic performers Air bring us their much-anticipated follow-up to 'Pocket Symphony'.

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Tony Allen heats up Beck's Music Box - 5 March 2009

By Anne-Marie James 9th Mar, 2009

The difficult part about going to see a drummer, is that the drummer is typically your background kinda guy.

Air, New Buffalo @ The Palais, Melbourne (02/04/08)

Air, New Buffalo @ The Palais, Melbourne (02/04/08)

By Tom Mann 7th Apr, 2008

After making fans wait for a decade, Air finally arrive in Melbourne and they're worth the wait.

V Festival @ Melbourne Showgrounds (05/04/08) - PART 13

V Festival @ Melbourne Showgrounds (05/04/08) - PART 1

By Liam Tracey 7th Apr, 2008

Melbourne's V Festival proved itself as a worthy contender in the Australian big name festivals, with enough highlights to immediately rival Big Day Out.

Air, New Buffalo @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (03/04/08)

Air, New Buffalo @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide (03/04/08)

By Daniel Brettig 6th Apr, 2008

Air's wonderfully French meld of lounge, electronica, and pure cheese, provide some of the sweeter sounds to be heard in Adelaide in recent times.

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Air, New Buffalo @ The Tivoli, Brisbane (31/03/2008)

By Shan Welham 1st Apr, 2008

Merci beaucoup! Tres, tres bien! Amour, Imagination, Reve. Viva L' Air!

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V Festival @ Avica Resort, Gold Coast (30/3/2008)

By Angela Hale 31st Mar, 2008

Music, mud, malt liquor and merriment as thousands of punters rock up to rock out at V Festival...

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Air, New Buffalo & Resort @ Kings Park, Perth (28/3/08)

By Ashryn Romaro 30th Mar, 2008

Air are touring with V Festival this year, and the serenity of the King's Park Botanic Garden was a perfect spot for the band to deliver its first-ever Australian performance. Even the ducks liked it.

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New Buffalo taking some Air beneath the stars

By Ashryn Romaro 25th Mar, 2008

New Buffalo, Resort and DJ Future Frog will be supporting Ais on their V-Festival Sideshow at Kings Park Botanic Garden *LIVE BENEATH THE STARS* this Thursday 27 March 2008

Air add a second Sydney show

Air add a second Sydney show

By Jack Tregoning 29th Feb, 2008

After their first date at the Sydney Opera House sold out in ten minutes, Air has added an encore show at the prestigious venue on Monday 7 April.

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AIR sideshows announced

By Cec Busby 21st Feb, 2008

French electronic act AIR will break their Australian tour cherry when they land here this March to play at V festival, good news for AIR fans - the outfit will also be delivering a series of their own headlining gigs.

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toxikon toxikon said on Wed 10th Mar, 2010
"aahhhh phoenix was amainggggggg!!!"
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Napoleon Solo Napoleon Solo said on Mon 8th Mar, 2010
"Brisbane and Melbourne didn't and I am pretty sure it sol..."
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SlowerQuieter SlowerQuieter said on Thu 18th Mar, 2010
" ^ That made my day."
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randomposter randomposter said on Tue 15th Apr, 2008
"Ye gads, it's not enough to hear a horrible opinion expre..."
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That_girl That_girl said on Thu 3rd Apr, 2008
" It was the bog of eternal stench! And halfway throug..."