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Premiers Symptômes

Air

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It's usually just the collectors and obsessed fans that contend a band's first few singles are really their best work, far better than the material that ends up on their first album. With the French band Air, the collectors may just be right for once. Premiers Symptomes, a five-track EP boosted up to seven tracks for its eventual American issue on Astralwerks, features some of the most gorgeous moments in the duo's discography -- no small task considering the gems included on their full-length debut, 1998's Moon Safari. Almost completely instrumental (except for the surprisingly smooth robot croon on "Le Soleil est Pres de Moi"), Premiers Symptomes offers a half-dozen tracks of beautiful, deliciously downtempo synth-pop. It's far more than just a compilation of substandard early material that works best for collectors, it takes its place right next to Moon Safari as another highlight of French electronica.

© John Bush /TiVo

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1
Modular Mix
00:05:57

Etienne De Crecy, Producer, MixingEngineer - Herve, MasteringEngineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Drums, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Writer, Synthesizer - Alex Gopher, Keyboards - JB DUNCKEL, Producer - Xavier Jammeaux, Samples

© 1999 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1995 Warner Music France

2
Casanova 70
00:05:53

Herve, MasteringEngineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer - Patrick Woodcock, Tuba - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer - Eric Regert, Organ

© 1999 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

3
Les professionnels
00:04:33

Etienne De Crecy, Producer, MixingEngineer - Herve, MasteringEngineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Writer, Synthesizer - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Patrick Woodcock, Acoustic Guitar, Tuba - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards

© 1999 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1996 Warner Music France

4
J'ai dormi sous l'eau
00:05:41

Etienne Wersinger, Tambura - Herve, MasteringEngineer - Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Bass Guitar, Writer, Synthesizer, Sitar, Samples, Talkbox - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Writer - Patrick Woodcock, Tuba - Stephane "Alf" Briat, MixingEngineer - JB DUNCKEL, Producer, Keyboards, Synthesizer - Eric Regert, Organ

© 1999 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

5
Le soleil est près de moi
00:04:52

Air, MainArtist - Nicolas Godin, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer, Bass, Moog, Vocoder - Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Producer, Organ, Vocals, Writer, Synthesizer, Moog, Clavinet, Wurlitzer - Patrick Woodcock, Tuba - Stephane "Alf" Briat, Mixer

© 1999 Parlophone / Warner Music France, A Warner Music Group Company. Label Parlophone, ℗ 1997 Warner Music France

Album review

It's usually just the collectors and obsessed fans that contend a band's first few singles are really their best work, far better than the material that ends up on their first album. With the French band Air, the collectors may just be right for once. Premiers Symptomes, a five-track EP boosted up to seven tracks for its eventual American issue on Astralwerks, features some of the most gorgeous moments in the duo's discography -- no small task considering the gems included on their full-length debut, 1998's Moon Safari. Almost completely instrumental (except for the surprisingly smooth robot croon on "Le Soleil est Pres de Moi"), Premiers Symptomes offers a half-dozen tracks of beautiful, deliciously downtempo synth-pop. It's far more than just a compilation of substandard early material that works best for collectors, it takes its place right next to Moon Safari as another highlight of French electronica.

© John Bush /TiVo

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