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|1. Modular Mix|
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|5. Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi|
|7. Brakes On|
Air's European-label five-song EP, Premiers Symptomes, may have been a collection of early singles, but when it first came out in 1997 it felt all of a piece. Deploying an array of vintage mid-century instruments (Fender Rhodes, Minimoog, Clavinet), as well as a tuba, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel created a cloistered, lulling sound world that was entirely their own (although, think The Percy Faith Orchestra Covers Brian Eno's Music for Airports and you get the basic idea). By contrast, the recent rerelease of Premiers, with two bonus tracks, sounds like exactly what it is: a collection of early singles. It's not that newcomers "Californie" and "Brakes On" are unworthy, just that their overt funk shatters the tranquil atmosphere this French duo so painstakingly establish elsewhere. Most electronica fans are usually more than happy to bump 'n' grind, but when they're in the mood to play Premiers Symptomes, all they want--all they need--is the Air that they breathe. --Jeff Salamon
Top Customer Reviews
"Modular Mix" kicks it off -- a dreamy song that sounds like the soundtrack for an underwater movie. "Casanova 70" and the languid "Les Professionals" add a lounge-y sound. And "J'Ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" and "Le Soleil Est Près de Moi" are sweet and slow , almost like a pair of trip-hop lullabies.
The rerelease of "Premiers Symptomes" was given a bonus -- two new tracks, "Californie" and "Brakes On." Well, they're a mixed blessing. They're actually very fun songs -- funky, dancey and "Californie" has a stretch of ethereal electronica halfway after about a minute. But they just don't quite mesh with the early work.
"Premiers Symptomes" was compiled of singles released before the hit "Moon Safari," and so it has something of the same dreamy feeling. It's only a half hour long, but it's worth it to get the the romantic blend of ambient, trip-hop, funk and a hint of 60s psychedelic pop -- in a word, sensual chillout music!
Songs like "Modular Mix" have layers upon layers of shimmering keyboard. But "Casanova 70" and "J'ai Dormi Sous L'Eau" favor a more jazzy sound, with synthesized horns behind some twittery synths, while the spacey beats of "Les Professionals" sounds like a rainy morning near an alien city. Beside all these smooth sounds, the brash, bass-heavy extra songs sound harsh to the ear.
"Premiers Symptomes" is a must-have for Air fans (newbies had better start with something else), although the last two tracks aren't quite in sync with the first five. A beautiful experience, smooth and soft and sensual.
Capturing the same vibe as their debut, this EP entrenches the listener into a world that shows the liftoff for the eventual "Moon" excursion. And it furthers itself track after track up to "Le Soleil Est Pres De Moi" which ironically thereafter leads into the less enjoyable new tracks but by no means to utter disappointment.
So dim the lights, flicker some candles and start off your seductive mood with this most pleasurable piece as you take your woman to a place where this completes the ambience.
Most recent customer reviews
I love the first 4 songs and last song. 5 and 6 aren't that good, though. The last song doesn't sound like Air at all but still good. If you are an Air fan, buy this cd.Published on March 13 2004
Good. Then get this next. Premiers Symptomes is a must-have time capsule of a duo before Moon Safari put them on the map. Read morePublished on March 5 2004 by 471
A good collection of groove oriented jams. This is not psychedelic, Nor groundbreaking. The songs tend to get reapetetive in terms of the bass playing and theres nothing that... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2004