By: Spacelab Research Staff Air have announced their initial set of shows for their new album Pocket Symphony. The band will play a set of European dates in March before hitting the Coachella Music Festival on April 29th. More dates for the US and Japan will be announced later. They plan on spending a lot of 2007 on tour.
Pocket Symphony will be released on February 19th as a digital offering, for THE ENTIRE WORLD, except for North America. Maybe this is a result of that whole Iraq invasion fallout thing. Be isolationist, the French are telling us, be unilateral. We'll have our own multi-polar release for the rest of the multi-polar world. North America will have to wait. Freedom fries anyone?
Of course the physical album release will happen on March 5th/6th via Astralwerks. Including North America.
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.
Air : Tour Dates 03-14 - Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
03-15 - Manchester, England - Academy
03-16 - London, England - Forum
03-19 - Berlin, Germany - Gleishalle
03-20 - Hamburg, Germany - Docks
03-21 - Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
03-22 - Munich, Germany - George Elser Halle
03-24 - Fribourg, Germany - Fri-Son
03-25 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
03-27 - Amsterdam, the Netherlands - Melkweg Max
03-28 - Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
03-29 - Paris, France - La Cigale
04-29 - Indio, CA - Coachella Music Festival