Monday, October 16, 2006

Take You On A Cruise: Air in Vienna

The French sure love their electronica. From the house that Daft Punk built to the indie pop of Phoenix, the synthesizer seems as ubiquitous as the baguette. Air has been an integral part of this movement, although with woozy, dreamy textures that are more ambient than danceable. However, their sound is hardly superficial; there's real emotional weight here. From the happy gurgle of "Sexy Boy" to the chilling "Playground Love," from The Virgin Suicides soundtrack, this is music with style and substance. They've also contributed to Charlotte Gainsbourg's recent 5:55. Incidentally, I've been meaning to check out The Science of Sleep...

This excellent set was recorded in Vienna, Austria on November 24th, 2001.


1. Electronic Performers
2. Radio #1
3. Talisman
4. Lucky and Unhappy
5. Playground Love
6. New Star in the Sky (Chanson Pour Solal)
7. J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau
8. People In The City
9. How Does It Make You Feel?
10. Sex Born Poison
11. Don't Be Light
12. Clouds Up
13. Radian
14. Sexy Boy
15. La Femme d'Argent

Achetez l'Air: Here

In other news...

Speaking of ambient electro goodness, check out the two Trentemøller tracks over at Aurgasm; they're exquisite.

In another case of "better late than never," have a look at TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me" on Letterman. Incredible stuff.

The Mets have evened things up. Hopefully, the Rangers will do the same tonight.

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