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10.12.2014

10 Most Inspirational Albums Number 8

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Moon Safari- Air


Perhaps not everyone would of heard of number 8 on my list. But these French electro gods not only pioneered French electro, paving the way for Justice and Daft Punk to take centre stage, as well as inspiring the Ed Banger records movement with artists such as Busy P and Sebastian lighting up festivals around the world. This record however put French electro on the map. Since the release of this late 90’s classic, French electro has not only taken centre stage on; cat walks, television commercials and pretty much every on hold telephone system in the world. It has most recently taken the UK charts by storm.

Many of us remember with nostalgia a time before artists such as David Guetta forever tarnished the genre French Electro, a time where synthesized subtle vocals playing over a simple drum beat with a bass riff could send you into a spiritual trance. Well if David Guetta’s music promotes alcohol and women, then Moon Safari promote inner reflection and peace.

Air, moves effortlessly from track to track, and in my opinion is probably the most complete set of songs on an album since Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

La Femme D’ Argent, is a masterpiece. taking obvious inspiration from genres such as, the hip hop syncopated drum beats, the ostinato bass riff and the theme and variation of an idea from Blues. However the most overlooked influence on this album has to be minimalism.

Minimalism as a concept, is to have an idea, or a sound and to covey that sound by making subtle changes throughout the piece. Rather than a set chorus, verse and middle 8, Moon Safari use subtle changes not only on one track, but as a constant theme throughout the album.

Sexy Boy continues on from this theme, with it’s infamous vocal synth bass line penetrating the centre of the track, allowing the listener to slip into a more conventional approach to the album. That is until the bass is taken away from us leaving just the synth’s, the drums and the manipulated vocal line. When the bass comes back in to the mix, it gives the listener the euphoric rush that only bass can deliver.

All I Need begins again in a more stereotypical 90’s easy listening track, Beth Hirsch’s vocal can be heard above the relatively in active music, that perfectly acts as a support for her mesmerizing vocal. We then hear different and subtle instruments and synths making an appearance throughout the track. The end result? A synthesized didgeridoo holding down the main melody.

Anyone who has heard this album will know that I could write 2000 words to describe it and still not do it justice, so I urge anyone reading this who has not heard the album to buy it and listen to it. It could enlighten your view on music beyond recognition.

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