source / astralwerks
our score: 3.0 out of 5.0
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year marked an enormous step forward in the realm of electronic
music. Air released their critically acclaimed album Moon
Safari, and the world was introduced to a musical experience
like no other. This album took the listener to places never before
imagined, to an inner place where one could soar above clouds
or swim infinite oceans. Premiers Symptomes, a collection
of early singles by Air, is the travel brochure.
Moon Safari, Nicolas Godin and Jean Benoit Dunckel (the
members of Air), recorded a variety of singles in their home studio.
They had no major label and they had no major following. This
was a series of experiments in the world of mind-expanding music.
From this collection of seven early singles we can get an idea
of where they began and how the music has evolved.Perhaps
the best example is "Les Professionales," where the theme later
evolved on Moon Safari into "All I Need," featuring Beth Hirsch
on vocals. Musically, Premiers Symptomes is much simpler
than Moon Safari. The music is less layered, and themes
are sometimes repeated a bit too long. Vocals and voice effects
are absent on all but two tracks, and are in French. The music
on here is Air in its simplest form, but sometimes beauty is best
expressed through simplicity.
take from their signature artistic pallette on this album. Their
soundscapes of keyboards, bass, electric piano, synth-trombone,
and more create a visual sensation through music. This is still
definitely music that can take one to another level of existence.
"Casanova 70" is an imagined soundtrack to a French film of the
same name, while "Gordini Mix - Brakes on Mix" is an all-out jam-session
that even samples the Beatles - more upbeat than anything else
by the duo. For those who have not yet heard last year's Moon
Safari, you may want to check that one out first. It is still
by far the more superior album. However, for those who are fans
of the artistic beauty Air creates through their music, Premiers
Symptomes is definite must-have.
the fact that it is not their most intricate music, it is still
plenty to hold one over until The Virgin Suicides, Sophia
Coppola's directing debut which features an all-new soundtrack
by Air. So long as I let Air take me places until then, I can
still say "J'ai Dormi Sous L'eau" ("I Have Slept Underwater")
and "Le Soleil est Pres de Moi" ("The Sun is Close to Me")
without fear of drowning or of burning my wings.
liked Premiers Symptomes...
2. Casanova 70
3. Les Professionnels
4. J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau
5. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi
7. Brakes On