Having revealed their sci-fi leanings on their Moon Safari debut, Air were the natural choice to create the soundtrack for the newly restored print of Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film, Le Voyage dans la Lune.
Having successfully premiered the work at last year's Cannes Film Festival, they then set about expanding its 14 minutes to album length, without betraying its mood. Rumbling tympani and portentous keyboard parts reflect the dramatic endeavour, while electronic bleeps float weightlessly across tracks like "Seven Stars", and staccato buzzing synth lines lend and nervous energy to "Sonic Armada". "Parade" is like a prog-rock funfair, while the spacious chord-washes and sinister synth gamelan give "Cosmic Trip" the feel of an early Pink Floyd space-scape from A Saucerful of Secrets. Pleasingly, it's all comically cosmic, as befits the host movie.
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