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Moon Safari
     

Moon Safari

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. [A tenth anniversary Deluxe Edition of Moon Safari found the album returning as a three-disc set, including a bonus CD of remixes and KCRW live performances plus a bonus DVD that included their 1999 tour documentary, Eating, Sleeping, Waiting and Playing.]

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2008
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0603497914487
catalogNumber:
791448
Rank:
125045

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Performance Credits

Air   Primary Artist
Tommy Mars   Musician
Brian Reitzell   Musician
Brian Kehew   Musician
Justin Meldal-Johnsen   Musician
Roger Manning   Musician
Beth Hirsch   Musician
Deck d'Arcy   Musician
Christian Mazzalai   Musician
Laurent Brancowitz   Musician

Technical Credits

Beck   Engineer,Remixing
Peter Cobbin   Engineer
David Whitaker   Arranger,Director
Stephane "Alf" Briat   Engineer
Scott Fritz   Engineer
Nicolas Godin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Roger Manning   Producer
Jack Arel   Composer
Beth Hirsch   Composer
Patrick Woodcock   Composer
Ariana Morgenstern   Producer
Nic Harcourt   Liner Notes
Mickey P. Revolvair   Engineer
Christophe Saudemont   Engineer

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