VA / AIR – Late Night Tales 2LP

VA / AIR – Late Night Tales 2LP



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The Cure – All Cats Are Grey 05:27
Nino Rota – O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia 03:43
The Band – I Shall Be Released 03:12
Japan – Ghosts 04:37
Scott Walker – The Old Man’s Back Again 03:43
Jeff Alexander – Come Wander With Me 02:54
Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You 03:22
Tan Dun – For the World 04:18
Sébastian Tellier – Le long de la rivière tendre 03:10
Lee Hazlewood – My Autumn’s Done Come 04:06
Robert Wyatt – P.L.A. 02:31
Elliott Smith – Let’s Get Lost 02:27
The Troggs – Cousin Jane 02:25
Air & Alessandro Baricco – Musica (Exclusive Cover Version) 03:07
Cleveland Orchestra – Ravel – Pavane pout une infante défunte 04:55

Let’s be honest – French chill-out masters Air were never going to have any trouble blending a sophisticated mix of mood-enhancing rock and pop for the soul. Opening with ‘All Cats Are Grey’ by The Cure (from the start of their dark Trilogy – Faith: nothing like starting as you mean to go on), it soon swoops into even trippier territory with ‘Planet Caravan’ by Black Sabbath (from their 1970 album Paranoid) and into Nino Rota’s ultra-eery ‘O Venezia, Venaga, Venusia (from the original soundtrack to ’76 art-house classic ‘Il Casanova di Fellini, slowly but surely it takes in tracks from The Band, Japan, Scott Walker and Lee Hazlewood. As melancholic as it is after-dark dreamy, you can rest assured that there’s no JLS in the mix here.