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No Way Down [Import]

Air FranceAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 24, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION
  • ASIN: B001AI6ZMS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

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.

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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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flying high with Air France May 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Air France are a Swedish duo and "No way down" is their second EP. Comprising relaxing ambient electronic soundscapes especially displayed on three instrumentals, opening cut the ominous sounding "Maundy thursday" (could be used on the soundtrack to some thriller), the simply stunning guitar festooned title track "No way down" (which incorporates whistling and crowd sounds to charming effect), and closing cut the tinkling piano-driven "Windmill wedding" (with a lovely acoustic break).

Comprising just six tracks, the other three have an ever so light Dance feel; "June evenings" (with some airy sounding female), "Collapsing at your doorstep", and the delightful string-swathed "No excuses" (with some spoken French), all three featuring some vocals.

Their style reminds me of french pair Air or Norwegian pair Röyksopp (it seems great electronic music these days is made by duos?). Sparkling and refreshing. Shame it's only 6 songs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great EP September 24, 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's got a great sound, it's not missing anything, and it's not working too hard to do what it needs to do. Great vocals thrown in with excellent samples, guitar, bass, and house-oriented drumwork/synths. There's an element of dance but it's not the kind of music you get up and thrash to like Justice; sit down with some headphones and relax with this, or take it on your way to work to clear your head. Even at its hardest moments it still feels pretty gentle to the ears - i.e. the strings in "No Excuses".

If you like Panda Bear but you're a bit turned off by the oversampling, check this out. Last couple of songs are a little disappointing, but only because the first 4 are so strong.

I'm looking forward to the LP...not sure if it's in the works yet but as far as I know they have 2 EPs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Idyllic Trip to Ibiza October 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Like a warm summer breeze washing over you this album transports you to a bliss state. This album is the soundtrack for a trip to Ibiza on a yacht with a beautiful woman. Many of the melodies are at a horses gallop pace and have a playful/joyous appeal which inspire nods of the head, tapping of the feet etc. Just a pleasant, although short sonic vacation to paradise. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disc no way down September 17, 2011
By Gualuca
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am satisfied by this article, by the service, delivery and description of the same one. I wait to continue possessing this wonderful ssitema to do my purchases. Regards and that you spend very well this end of year .
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4.0 out of 5 stars good fluff March 15, 2010
Format:Audio CD
No Way Down is a beautifully made album by Swedish electronic group Air France. Some tracks feature elements of pop and dance (Balearic, with an elegant laid-backed style) while other instrumental tracks create soundscapes that are well conceived. This is the kind of music that places the listener momentarily in another world. It makes you want to throw everything away for a moment and settle on a little island by the beach, or live among nature on grassy fields.
Most tracks on the album feature voice samples of either women or children, who speak in breathy, airy tones. This gives the music an ethereal, fairytale-like quality that is either melded into a smooth, surreal instrumental soundscape or placed on top of more traditional dance beats with vocal choruses. You think of dancing alone in a far away place, or reaching out with fingertips to touch a world in the distance. Sound samples from nature also set the peaceful, tranquil atmosphere of the album, such as birds chirping. Both sound samples complement each other to give the album natural as well as human dimensions.
No Way Down opens with Maundy Thursday, an instrumental track with a layered atmospheric soundscape that is one of the darker tracks of the album, yet it lays out the musical context of the album with its surrealism and reference to a world beyond the listener's reality. The album progresses with more traditionally-sounding dance and pop tracks which continue to communicate the feel of a fairytale world to the listener; June Evenings opens the album into a world of dance; not heavy dance that pounds incessantly, but the kind of dance that makes you sigh, close your eyes and open yourself up to your imagination. Collapsing at Your doorstep loops the phrase: "Sorta like a dream, isn't it?
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