Air: Pocket Symphony

Air: Pocket Symphony

Air wafted into the public consciousness in a whiff of smoky Gauloises, French glam and hazy late-’90s ‘Paris is the new black’ atmosphere. However, come 2007 that whiff feels desperately stale. With their sonic palette widened ever so...

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Air  : Talkie Walkie

Air : Talkie Walkie

First things first. Air have long ago spoken of their desire never to make another 'Moon Safari'. What would be the point, they’ve said, when their debut album, released six years ago this month, still shifts units every day and can be...

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Air  : Everybody Hertz

Air : Everybody Hertz

First off, there's no reason on God's green earth why anybody should want this record. It's a real 'Zoolander': vain, vacant, lazy, cheap and exploitative. That said... There's a kernel of a good idea behind it and that idea is this: Air...

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Air  : London Royal Albert Hall

Air : London Royal Albert Hall

Air are impressively detached from reality at the best of times. Now, having toured their successfully self-indulgent second album, '10,000 Hz Legend', round North America this summer, they seem to be operating on a more distant plane...

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Air  : Radio #1

Air : Radio #1

The New Floyd, apparently, which is usually enough to get us stoking the ovens. Little sign of those reported prog leanings here though as our favourite ambi-lounge Frenchies do 'Kelly Watch The Stars' reeeeeeaaalllyyy sloooooooooowwlllyyyyy...

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Air  : 10,000Hz Legend

Air : 10,000Hz Legend

There's nothing like gratuitously trashing your public image. If Air's debut album (1998's 'Moon Safari') established them as a byword for casual style-mag chic, then its successor looks like a brazen attempt to destroy that image for good....

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Air: London Shepherd's Bush Empire

Air: London Shepherd's Bush Empire

First came the robots. Now: the wizards. There are the sampled moans of lost spirits, melodies evaporating out of the ether and a man in a floor-length cape, collar turned up high, stroking his synth with tiny flourishes. "Machines give me some...

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The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack

The Virgin Suicides Soundtrack

"Pretentious," once cooed Brian Eno - shiny-bonced pedagogue of all that is wibbly, experimental and 'difficult'- "is the most important thing we can be." And the ambient sage had a fair point. While pretension in pop music has long been...

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Premiers Symptomes

Premiers Symptomes

Doubtless all too aware that Air are currently busying their little fluffy clouded heads with the soundtrack for the first film to be directed by Sofia Coppola - and therefore unlikely to deliver the follow-up to 'Moon Safari' until 2001 -...

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London WC2 Theatre Royal

London WC2 Theatre Royal

In an ultraviolet twilight, five men all dressed in white (like angels or scientists) assemble onstage. Deep frequency space noises bounce off the baroque walls and rattle our vestigial tail bones. Soon we won't have ears left, either. There...

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