Air – Moon Safari (1998)
Moon Safari is the debut studio album by French electronic music duo Air. Moon Safari was acclaimed by critics and remains Air’s most renowned release. The album is credited with setting the stage for the budding downtempo music style. As of February 2012, it had sold 386,000 copies in the United States.
The debut album by French electro duo Air (Jean-Benoît Dunckel & Nicolas Godin) is now considered a music classic of the 90s. Pitchfork placed it at number 46 of the best albums of the decade.
Moon Safari may have kicked off the chillout sound and easy listening comeback, maybe the Balearic beat with its Café Del Mar tidal wave. But the velvety retro-pop of Moon Safari remains one of the most reliable time-and-space machines around – whenever the hustle and bustle threatens to take over.
ME-Sounds 3/98: “On their debut album the two mix hypnotic melodies with softly floating house beats and pulsating house beats and pulsating electronic sounds with francophile pop harmonies. The result is breathtaking in every way: modern, visionary pop music beyond all clichés. Without exaggeration, ‘Moon Safari’ is already one of the style-setting albums of the still young year – especially in terms of perfect aesthetic and content shaping. This is what progressive pop music must sound like at the end of the 20th century.”
Air raid every aspect of retro pop music, from the sublime to the ridiculous, in fashioning their sonic bricolage. Everything from Krautrock-inspired electronics to 1960s lounge music is incorporated into the work of Nicolas Godin and J.B. Dunckel. Moon Safari earned massive critical plaudits and put the duo at the forefront of modern, electronic-oriented pop. All tracks were penned by the duo with two tracks – “All I Need” and “You Make It Easy” – featuring lyrics penned by Beth Hirsch and addition input from Patrick Woodcock on ‘Ce Matin La’ and Jean-Jacques Perrey on ‘Remember’.
- La Femme D’Argent
- Sexy Boy
- All I Need
- Kelly Watch The Stars
- You Make It Easy
- Ce Matin La
- New Star In The Sky
- Le Voyage De Penelope