Air France
No Way Down


4.5
superb

Review

by Marzuki USER (7 Reviews)
June 28th, 2012 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "So like a dream, isn't it?" "No, better."

Air France - No Way Down
Review by Marzuki




Today my summer starts. Where I live, summer doesn’t just mean sun and sand – it can also border on Sahara level heat.

Fortunately, Air France’s No Way Down EP is not concerned with tackling that aspect of summer. It chooses instead to bask in the rays of the sun, bouncing through a canopy of trees.

As first track ‘Maundy Thursday’ flickers into existence, we are treated to a clickety clackety typewriter and some smooth, rather regal horns, which lurch back and forth into a leisurely synth/piano sound. It sounds like lying back in the sea, underwater, gazing at the sun.

‘June Evenings’ brings us back up for air, into more joyful horns and some J-poppy vocals, sliding into a melody built on twittering birds. ‘Collapsing At Your Doorstep’ builds a fantastically catchy dance tune out of a strings loop and numerous vocals, starting with an overheard conversation between two children.

Then, ‘No Excuses’ kicks off. This, maybe the best song here, ascends strings, handclaps, bass and vocals to touch the sky itself. The title track is not as exciting or interesting as it by far, but it skitters along amicably enough.

‘Windmill Wedding’ ends things on an ambient note; the song’s strings and piano building over samples (keep an ear open for a horse). Halfway through, a Spanish guitar takes over, leading us on until a church bell rings and the music dies away.

At just under twenty three minutes, No Way Down is light enough and easily consumed in one leisurely session. If you consider that Air France were from Sweden (at time of writing, they had broken up in March ‘12), where sun is a rare commodity, then it makes you listen to the music differently.

While these snippets of electronica are not entirely fantastical, at the very least they are filtered through layers of nostalgia and longing. No Way Down is the sound of summer desperately grasped and lived, and this makes it a fantastic record; not just for summer, but every other season as well.

Colour: Sky blue
Rating: Superb, 9
Recommended: Yes



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LifeAsAChipmunk
June 28th 2012


4854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The opener to this is absolutely beautiful.

Marzuki
June 28th 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Haha, it seemed like a good idea.

@Chipmunk: Maundy Thursday is my favourite, without a doubt.

Please leave constructive criticisms if you notice anything, thanks!

Kiran
Emeritus
June 28th 2012


6001 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

a damn shame they broke up : (

PuddlesPuddles
June 28th 2012


4772 Comments


I tend to associate certain albums with colors (not influenced by album cover)

White Pony for instance has always been a royal purple to me

Funeralopolis
June 28th 2012


11340 Comments


rules

Digging: No Joy - Wait to Pleasure

Havey
June 28th 2012


9681 Comments


White Pony is pearlescent beige

BirthRite
June 28th 2012


1318 Comments


review sucks

WashboardSuds
June 28th 2012


5007 Comments


sweet. album is perfect for the season. I kind of liked your imagery in the review but I feel like you could have taken off a bit higher with it.

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

Marzuki
June 29th 2012


29 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'll have to give White Pony a listen then!

@Birthrite - Care to elaborate a bit? Thank you!

@WashboardSuds - Thanks for the comment, but I don't understand the phrase you used - "I feel like you could have taken off a bit higher with it." So you think I should have used more imagery, less, different?

Havey
June 29th 2012


9681 Comments


BirthRite is a troll, don't listen to his meaningless utterances

Havey
June 29th 2012


9681 Comments


Y

Havey
June 29th 2012


9681 Comments


tryna figure out why everyone has such shitty taste i mean lookie here

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Havey
June 29th 2012


9681 Comments


Sick but what's balls gonna say

I mean ur pretty much screwed have you seen his muscles

Havey
June 29th 2012


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Haven't gotten around to ticking off the gypsy list btw (been binging hard on gay hxc like a fag instead ugh, but good stuff though like refused so not that gay) but I did check out Dub Colossus and it's the best thing ever



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