On March 4, the influential French electro-acoustic pop band Air announced their first American tour since 2010, to start at New York’s Governors Ball on June 4th and then visit a handful of cities before wrapping up in Los Angeles on June 25. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m.
Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel first met in a Versailles high-school in the 1980’s and formed Air in the mid-90’s. Their first international success arrived in 1998, with the retro-yet-futuristic sounds of Moon Safari, and was cemented two years later with the dreamlike soundtrack album for Sofia Coppola's film, The Virgin Suicides. In addition to releasing a string of diverse LPs like Talkie Walkie (2004),10 000 Hz Legend (2001) and another soundtrack in 2012, for the restored version of Georges Méliès’s film Le Voyage dans la Lune, Air exerted continued influence through various collaborations with producer Nigel Godrich (Beck, Radiohead) and singers such as Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jarvis Cocker and others.
Although Air's music was often tagged as "easy listening" for its graceful, melodic qualities, Godin and Dunckel pulled from a variety of influences - classical music, soundtracks, sixties French pop, classic rock, and ambient explorations - to create music rich with atmosphere, using an arsenal of instruments, from vocoder and the Moog to Fender Rhodes electric piano and Japanese koto.
In July of last year, Air released an anthology called twentyears, to commemorate two decades of musical exploration. Available in multiple formats (2CD, 2LP, digital, and super deluxe versions), the compilation featured 17 Air classics, as well as rare tracks and remixes Air did for other artists and themselves. In a similar spirit of celebration, this tour is being described as a "best-of" tour that will include material from the band's full catalog.
As with all things Air, the tour promises to be an aural and visual delight.
"twentyears" Air tour dates:
June 4 - New York City - The Governors Ball
June 5 - Boston, MA - Royale (click here for tickets)
June 6 - Washington, DC - Strathmore
June 20 - Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre
June 23 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
June 24 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl (click here for tickets)
June 25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theatre (click here for tickets)
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