Air Use Japanese Classical Instruments on Pocket Symphony
By: Spacelab Research Staff
Surreal Prozac for the global set... French band Air have announced plans to release a new album titled Pocket Symphony on March 6th in 2007 via Astralwerks. The album is the follow up to the highly acclaimed Talkie Walkie in 2004.
Air brought in a variety of influences for Pocket Symphony, including classical instruments from the far east. Nicolas Godin has been studying under an Okinawan master to learn the Shamisen and the Koto. The result is a new direction and a new addition to Air's surreal sound.
"It's different, but it's Air. We like to change all the time. If we don't change our sound, we'll be dead. People who like our music like to discover new things. They're curious. They have some cultural musical background also, so they want to be surprised," said Dunckel in an interview with Billboard.
The album was produced by Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Zero 7, Beck), who was the studio geek for their previous outing Talkie Walkie. There's also appearances by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, because what's an album without guest appearances? Right.
They've also announced that US tour dates will follow for the beginning of May.
Air: Pocket Symphony Tracklist: 01 Space Maker
02 Once Upon A Time
03 Hell Of A Party
04 Napalm Love
05 Mayfair Song
06 Left Bank
08 Mer Du Japon
09 Lost Message
10 Somewhere Between Walking And Sleeping
11 Redhead Girl
12 Night Sight