AIR – Premiers Symptomes
CD Album, 1999
Only if all airport terminal music can sound like this. Dreamy, relaxing, and not a sign or a sigh of stress or tension, just the need to float with the music. Air, the dynamic Parisian duo, has made a recording that is ambient to a point, but also has close ties to easy listening music of the early 60's or late 50's. Done on vintage electronic instruments there is something so pure about it all. And that may be its overall weakness, but still, it is like eating an over-sweet candy or a surgery alcoholic cocktail – it goes down well, but maybe too much of it will give you a bad headache or tummy ache.
But all of that aside, it is music that is hard to put-down. For one, these are guys who know their music history. There is nothing causal about the music, it is very much a focused understanding of the nature of ambient electronics, european soundtracks, and the beauty of slight stereophonic sounds.
And come to think of it the music will work well as background for making-out. So its a win-win album.