Rhino Records are in the midst of a campaign of reissuing the discography of Air, the smooth, loungey French synth-charmers. Talkie Walkie first came out in 2004, and is suitably Airy - and I don’t just say that because of the pun, this album feels like an early summer evening in the park with a light breeze. Pressed to proper 180g vinyl and freshly remastered.
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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 25th July 2015
“Talkie Walkie” is the fourth album by Air and was originally released in 2004. The album plays out like a dreamy film soundtrack. It is melodic and ambient at the same time. Opener “Venus” is soft yet dramatic with purposeful piano chords. “Cherry Blossom Girl” is a beautiful piece of laid-back French pop with subtle electronics and flutes exchanging places in the background. “Universal Traveler” harks back to the soft space jazz of “Moon Safari”. “Alfa Beta Gaga” is one of the more recognisable tracks on here as it has been used on many adverts and TV trailers. Closing track “Alone In Kyoto” is quite beautiful and was used on Sofia Coppola’s film “Lost In Translation”. For the most part it keeps the dreamy theme throughout and that’s when the best stuff happens.
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