To further celebrate the 25th anniversary of Air’s seminal debut album Moon Safari, a Deluxe audio-video package will be released via Parlophone/ Warner Music on March 8. This follows huge excitement that the iconic French duo will play their widely celebrated album in its entirety for the first time across Europe this February & March. All dates on the original tour sold out in record time and given the exceptional demand for tickets, Air have now added further dates to their touring schedule for late spring and into the summer including a night at The Royal Albert Hall in London and key appearances across Europe, including a headline show at legendary electronic music festival Sonar in Barcelona.
The album re-issue (a Deluxe 2CD/Blu Ray Audio-Video) will include a Spatial Dolby Atmos audio version of the original album along with super rare or previously unreleased tracks as well as Mike Mill’s 1998 documentary film ‘Eating, Sleeping, Waiting & Playing’ filmed during the band’s first-ever worldwide tour and more…
Celebrating its 25th-anniversary last year, the release of Moon Safari catapulted Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel to the uppermost rung of electronic music’s ladder and left an indelible imprint on pop culture at the end of the 20th Century.
Despite being young 20-somethings at the time and having only released one EP to date, Godin and Dunckel’s stars aligned and together they were blessed with the creative skill to make the perfect electronic pop songs. These two students of astrophysics and architecture set about creating their universe with the confidence and pedigree of seasoned pros.
Today, the record’s legacy is canonical, but at the time of release, its multi-million success was far from assured. Says Dunckel: “We were a duo doing some electronic thing, dreaming of selling 10,000 copies and being recognised by other musicians as cool. Then suddenly, we met the world.” In no time at all, AIR’s downtempo influence was easy to detect all around.
Through Moon Safari, Air’s music infiltrated and transfixed some of the great visionaries of the late 20th century – David Bowie, Madonna, Beck – as well as influencing preeminent aesthetes of the incoming age – including Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kevin Parker and Sofia Coppola, whose creative relationship with Air became as synergetic as that of Angelo Badalamenti and David Lynch (another fan).
Moon Safari birthed hit singles in ‘Kelly Watch The Stars’, ‘All I Need’ and ‘Sexy Boy’, sold millions of copies around the world, and pushed Air into headline status at major festivals. 25 years on, it’s not hard to reason why Moon Safari has stood the test of time. It’s a mood you want to live inside of forever. It’s a revelation. It’s conversation pit music for a better future.
Dunckel sums up his own album as “a deep, universal spell, full of love and mystery.”
“To me,” Godin concludes, “Moon Safari is perfect.” And who can argue…
AIR PLAY MOON SAFARI:
Feb 24 Antigel @ Victoria Hall, Geneva – Ch Sold Out
Feb 25 Fabrique, Milan – Italy Sold Out
Feb 27 Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna – Austria Sold Out
Feb 29 De Roma, Antwerp – Belgium Sold Out
March 2 Theater Des Westens, Berlin – Germany Sold Out
March 7 L’Olympia, Paris – France Sold Out
March 8 Paradiso, Amsterdam – Netherlands Sold Out
March 24 London Coliseum, London – UK Sold Out
May 30 London Royal Albert Hall – UK * on sale Feb 2nd at 10am local
June 14 Sonar Festival, Barcelona – Spain * on sale
June 24 Days Off Festival, Philharmonie De Paris – France * on sale March 2024
July 21 Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin – Germany * on sale
July 23 Medastadt Open Air, Vienna – Austria * on sale
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