French ambient dance band Air has been making waves lately with their album "Moon Safari," ["Sexy Boy" Video, 500k QuickTime] which critics have been lauding as one of the top picks for the year so far.
Air members Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin combine open-ended pop forms with atmospheric effects that are strongly influenced by the French lounge-pop tradition. Because Air is part of a new French ambient-dance scene and because ambient is identified with so-called "Electronica" music, you might expect that Air uses a lot of sampling and other high tech devices.
However, Air spoke to MTV News recently and explained how they prefer using actual instruments.
"We liked playing instruments, you know, it's a pleasure," Godin said.
"It's a chance to make a record and to hear me playing the piano or the guitar, and I could say to my children later... 'hey, look here, it's me, I'm playing.' So I don't understand why
I should program what I play, because, when I wake up in the morning the first thing I'm doing is playing piano, it's a pleasure, it's my pleasure, I will not stop this pleasure" [500k QuickTime].
Beck recently remixed "Sexy Boy" Video [500k QuickTime], but there is no word yet on when it might be released.
Air plans to tour the U.S. in late Spring or early Summer.