Cover10 000 Hz Legend


Date issued : 2001

Number of tracks : 11

Your genre : Trip-Hop

Label : Astralwerks

Wikipedia genre : Electronica

Creator's biography

Photo du créateur

Air (sometimes spelled with all capital letters as AIR) is a French music duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. The name AIR is a backronym for Amour, Imagination, Rêve which translates to Love, Imagination, Dream. AIR's debut EP, Premiers Symptômes, was followed by the critically acclaimed album Moon Safari, the re-release of Premiers Symptômes, The Virgin Suicides, 10 000 Hz Legend, Everybody Hertz, Talkie Walkie and Pocket Symphony. Their most recent album, Pocket Symphony, was released on March 5, 2007. The album features former Pulp vocalist Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy, and is produced by Nigel Godrich. AIR went on a European tour in March, followed by a North America tour that included an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In March 2008, they toured Australia for the first time with the V Festival.

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10,000 Hz Legend is the third album by French electronic duo Air, first released in May 2001. On this album, tracks are longer and more electronic-oriented than on their previous records. These experimentations find the duo expanding their capacities and working with other artists including Beck and Buffalo Daughter.


Critic from BBC Music

Review of 10,000Hz Legend - Air, by Andy Puleston

Anyone expecting a sequel to the coffee table chic and immediacy of Moon Safari is likely to be wrong-footed by this release.However, those who discovered and appreciated The Virgin Suicides soundtrack from last year will understand Air's change of direction. 10,000 Hz Legend requires perseverance; more experimental and heavy weight this will undoubtedly lose some of their audience whilst simultaneously gaining another.

The tracks play like a quasi-electronic opera based loosely around the tragic love story of two cybernetic beings, or as they call them, Electronic Performers (perhaps a commentary on our increasing reliance on technology to maintain our own relationships).

Their heartfelt confession "How Does It Make You Feel" is a welcome throw back to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon whilst, conversely, the lovers ultimate demise is captured in the dark, sweeping "Sex Born Poison".

Once again the French duo have demonstrated an extraordinary degree of invention causing another wave of hype and some to band around the phrase 'record of the year' - this remains to be seen but so far the odds are looking favourable. So good it hertz.

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