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Moon Safari

Air

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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.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
La femme d'argent
00:07:06

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, Hand Clap, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, Hand Clap, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Hand Clap, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer - Caroline Legroux, Hand Clap - Eric Regert, Organ

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

2
Sexy Boy
00:04:58

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Marlon, Drums - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer, Assistant Recording Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Writer, Synthesizer, Talkbox, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

3
All I Need (feat. Beth Hirsch)
00:04:28

Beth Hirsch, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Marlon, Drums - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Writer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Patrick Woodcock, Acoustic Guitar - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

4
Kelly Watch the Stars
00:03:46

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Marlon, Drums - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Writer, Synth Bass, Synthesizer, Vocoder, Hand Clap, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocoder, Hand Clap, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

5
Talisman
00:04:16

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Marlon, Percussion - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - David Whitaker, String Arranger, Strings Conductor - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Writer, Synthesizer, Machine Drums, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

6
Remember
00:02:34

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Jean-Jacques Perrey, Writer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Tambourine, Writer, Synthesizer, Talkbox, Vocoder, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Backing Vocals, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

7
You Make It Easy
00:04:01

Beth Hirsch, Writer, MainArtist, Second Vocals - Air, Lead Vocals, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Composer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Composer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

8
Ce matin-là (From "L'uomo in più")
00:03:39

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Patrick Woodcock, Tuba, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

9
New Star in the Sky
00:05:40

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Writer, Synthesizer, Talkbox, Vocoder, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer, Vocoder, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer - Enfants Square Burq, Additional Vocals

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

10
Le voyage de Pénélope
00:03:10

Nilesh Patel, MasteringEngineer - Jérôme Blondel, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano, Writer, Synthesizer, Talkbox, Hand Clap, Machine Drums, RecordingEngineer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer, RecordingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer, Hand Clap, RecordingEngineer - Jérôme Kerner, Assistant Recording Engineer

© 1998 - Source/ Parlophone Music, une division de Parlophone Music France. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

Album Description

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.
© John Bush /TiVo

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