Album: Air, Le Voyage dans la Lune (Virgin)

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Le Voyage... is Georges Melies' 1902 film landmark – the first "sci-fi" film ever. After many years' restoration the only surviving hand-coloured print was shown at Cannes last year and Air were commissioned to compose backing soundtrack music.

And here it is, expanded to (short) album length. It is, as you'd expect, spacious, gentle, reachy, euphonious and, for Air, fairly organic sounding. Might have emanated from a Kentish manor house in 1973.