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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.
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1
La femme d'argent
00:07:06

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

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

2
Sexy Boy
00:04:58

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

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

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

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

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

4
Kelly Watch the Stars
00:03:46

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

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

5
Talisman
00:04:16

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

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

6
Remember
00:02:34

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

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

7
You Make It Easy
00:04:01

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

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

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

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

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

9
New Star in the Sky
00:05:40

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

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

10
Le Voyage de Pénélope
00:03:10

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

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

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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