CD EP from the Swedish. This release is a delight, combining the immaculate Scando-Pop of Club 8 with the blissful easy listening samples of Jens Lekman, throwing in the best of St. Etienne along the way for good measure. 'Collapsing At Your Doorstep' is a thing to be marveled at, condensing an entire summer's worth of unadulterated joy into a single Pop song, stitched together with rough, grainy plunderphonics and waifish C86-style lead vocals. Six tracks.
Air France use elements of both Balearic and pop to create their sumptuous, sincere fantasy world. In that respect, Air France's No Way Down-- currently import-only outside of Sweden except as 320 kbps mp3s-- is reminiscent of the Avalanches' dazzlingly great Since I Left You, another record that finds wide-eyed delight in silly stuff like truth, beauty, and fun, as well as Jens Lekman's Night Falls Over Kortedala and the Tough Alliance's A New Chance. It imagines an impossibly idyllic place through sounds that probably could never have been performed that way in real life. Though it's been said, many times, many ways: Welcome to paradise. --Marc Hogan - Pitchfork