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Monday, January 08, 2007

Air - Sexy Boys

AIR001Air is a French duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. Nicolas Godin studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles whereas Jean-Benoît Dunckel studied mathematics before forming a band in 1995. Their debut EP, Premiers Symptômes, was followed by the critically acclaimed album Moon Safari, the re-release of Premiers Symptômes, The Virgin Suicides (soundtrack), 10,000Hz Legend, Everybody Hertz, and Talkie Walkie.
Their music doesn't easily fit into any category. They are often described as ambient or nebulous and their album, moon safari, has been hailed as the lounge music for the 21st century. Air have been highly praised in such magazines as 'the face' and 'rolling stone'. 'moon safair' was hailed as one of the greatest releases of 1998. Air's single 'sexy boy' recieved much radio airplay, as did their fantastic single 'kelly watch the stars'. AIR002'all i need' with beautiful vocals from american singer beth hirsch became somewhat of a classic among the fans and got quite a respectable amount of airplay for a while but the popular market was screaming for something new. Even better, it is not publicity that is responsible for this - it is their music, pure and simple and with the talent that these boys display i'm sure they will keep us interested for a long time to come. Of their album 'moon safari', j-b says 'air's music is searching more in a harmony way than a rhythm way - we think only in terms of feeling the keyboards and finding good chords.' he believes air are 'pure musicians', AIR003unlike dj's with whom j-b sees nothing in common. bit pretentious really, but i suppose he can afford to be.
air have been recognised by such international artists as beck, who made a recording of one of air's songs and sean lennon who appeared on their european tour. in france and england they are apparently well known.

                                Air - Live In Berlin 29-10-98

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