Moon Safari

Moon Safari

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by Air
     
 

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In 1998, an unlikely locale, France, became a hot spot for new and exciting DJ-oriented projects. Unlike Dimitri From Paris and Daft Punk, who play on kitsch and whimsy, Nicolas Goldin and Jean Benoit Dunckel bring a bit more musical savvy to create music that is deliberately light but not frivolous. The infectious, driving bass of "Sexy Boy" is reminiscent of

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In 1998, an unlikely locale, France, became a hot spot for new and exciting DJ-oriented projects. Unlike Dimitri From Paris and Daft Punk, who play on kitsch and whimsy, Nicolas Goldin and Jean Benoit Dunckel bring a bit more musical savvy to create music that is deliberately light but not frivolous. The infectious, driving bass of "Sexy Boy" is reminiscent of Station to Station-era Bowie, while "La Femme D'Argent" recalls Eno's Taking Tiger Mountain. Two of Air's best tracks -- "All I Need" and "You Make It Easy" -- feature the lean, affecting vocals of Beth Hirsch. For the most part, the music on Moon Safari glides into and out of the forefront with beguiling ease; if funk can actually be insinuating, then cite this as the example.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although electronica had its fair share of chillout classics prior to the debut of Air, the lion's share were either stark techno (Warp) or sample-laden trip-hop (Mo' Wax). But while Air had certainly bought records and gear based on the artists that had influenced them, they didn't just regurgitate (or sample) them; they learned from them, digesting their lessons in a way that gave them new paths to follow. They were musicians in a producer's world, and while no one could ever accuse their music of being danceable, it delivered the emotional power of great dance music even while pushing the barriers of what "electronica" could or should sound like. (Never again would Saint Etienne be the only band of a certain age to reveal their fondness for Burt Bacharach.) The Modulor EP had displayed astonishing powers of mood and texture, but it was Air's full-length debut, Moon Safari, that proved they could also write accessible pop songs like "Sexy Boy" and "Kelly Watch the Stars." But it wasn't all pop. The opener, "La Femme d'Argent," was an otherworldly beginning, with a slinky bassline evoking Serge Gainsbourg's Histoire de Melody Nelson and a slow glide through seven minutes of growing bliss (plus a wonderful keyboard solo). The vocoderized "Remember" relaunched a wave of robot pop that hadn't been heard in almost 20 years, and the solos for harmonica and French horn on "Ce Matin La" made the Bacharach comparisons direct. Unlike most electronica producers, Air had musical ideas that stretched beyond samplers or keyboards, and Moon Safari found those ideas wrapped up in music that was engaging, warm, and irresistible.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/1998
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0017046664424
catalogNumber:
666447
Rank:
42450

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Air   Primary Artist
Marlon   Drums
Stephane "Alf" Briat   Hand Clapping
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Organ,Piano,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Chant,Syrinx,Mellotron,Korg,Vocoder,solina,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer
Nicolas Godin   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Percussion,Drums,Glockenspiel,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Moog Synthesizer,Hand Clapping,Syrinx,Korg,Shaker,Vocoder,solina,Talk Box,Wurlitzer,Mini Moog
Beth Hirsch   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Chant,Track Performer,Choeurs
Caroline L.   Hand Clapping
P. Woodcock   Acoustic Guitar,Tuba
Eric Regert   Organ

Technical Credits

Peter Cobbin   Arranger,Engineer
David Whitaker   Arranger,Director,Orchestral Arrangements,Direction,Orchestra Director
Stephane "Alf" Briat   Engineer
Jean-Benoît Dunckel   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Nicolas Godin   Composer,Producer,Engineer

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Moon Safari 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ShawnSorensen43 More than 1 year ago
This might be in my Top 20 all time favorites. Playful, lush and profound, this CD has its own sound, it's own language, and is filled with great singing yet some terrific instumentals, including the long lead-off song (which couldn't be long enough). It's one of those disks where every song seems to be a classic.
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