Joup’s Friday Album – Second Edition

airhzlegendFor my Friday album, I’m embedding electronic French duo Air’s second proper album, 2001’s 10,000 Hz Legend.  Following the warm, chilled out sounds of 1997’s Moon Safari and the darker, smooth psych rock film score to 2000’s The Virgin Suicides, Air got cold and weird for their next release, employing more of an icy, electronic sound, mixing in elements of folk, soul, French pop, and experimental textures and tones.  The album is awash in strange quirks, vocal effects, and an almost ping-ponging back and forth of styles.  At once it feels both radio-friendly and like some completely off the reservation oddity.  It’s the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg put in a blender and then reassembled by two evil geniuses in a sound studio somewhere hidden in the Himalayas. Oh, and Beck and Ken Andrews (Failure) make appearances on the thing as well.

I was entranced by the record back when I heard it for the first time, hooked on every changing second, wondering just where the thing was headed.  It’s one of my all time favorites, and I think the best album that Air ever released.  And it’s worthy of your consideration.

It’s difficult to pick a favorite jam from the record, but if I was forced to, I’d probably have to go with the wonderful weirdness of “Wonder Milky Bitch.”

As always, if you like what you hear, then buy, buy, buy!  Don’t be a jerk.

Mr. Joe Grez, if you please…

 

Thomas H Williams

Thomas H Williams

From a bunker somewhere in Central Texas, Thomas H. Williams spends most of his time with his wife, his two sons, and his increasingly neurotic dog. He listens to a lot of music, drinks a lot of excellent beers, and gets out from time to time. For even more shenanigans, visit heavenisanincubator.blogspot.com.

2 Responses to Joup’s Friday Album – Second Edition
  1. […] initially because of Tom’s post at the beginning of the year for the similarly titled ‘1... joup.co/joup-friday-album-shellac-1000-hurts
  2. Shawn C. Baker Reply

    “It’s the sounds of Serge Gainsbourg put in a blender and then reassembled by two evil geniuses in a sound studio somewhere hidden in the Himalayas” – OUTstanding!

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