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-BenoÃƒÂ®t 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 make a long awaited comeback with an amitious project that occassionally falls flat on it's moon face.
"Scream so loud they hear you in Paris!"
French princes of ambient electronica Air are back with the aurally stunning ‘So Light Is Her Footfall’.
Parisian electronic performers Air bring us their much-anticipated follow-up to 'Pocket Symphony'.
The difficult part about going to see a drummer, is that the drummer is typically your background kinda guy.
After making fans wait for a decade, Air finally arrive in Melbourne and they're worth the wait.
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's wonderfully French meld of lounge, electronica, and pure cheese, provide some of the sweeter sounds to be heard in Adelaide in recent times.
Merci beaucoup! Tres, tres bien! Amour, Imagination, Reve. Viva L' Air!
Music, mud, malt liquor and merriment as thousands of punters rock up to rock out at V Festival...
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.
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
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.