New Music Report: Air, Plus Kurt Vile

October 7th, 2009 by Rolling Stone Leave a reply »

Air are well known for their cool electronica records full of mellow space grooves and robo-funk jams, and while their fifth disc, Love 2 isn’t a big sonic departure, there is one key change: the songs were recorded with live instruments. The French duo get help from session drummer Joey Waronker, who’s currently teaming up with Thom Yorke in the Radiohead frontman’s new band featuring Flea and Nigel Godrich. The LP’s key track, “Missing the Light of Day” blends intertwined synth riffs as the pair sing about returning home after a long night of partying.

Rolling Stone’s Kevin O’Donnell also spotlights the new album from shaggy Philly singer-songwriter Kurt Vile this week. Vile’s songs split the difference between Neil Young’s country side, wistful folk from Donovan and heavier Sabbath-style stoner metal. His record is appropriately titled Childish Prodigy, as there’s a playful low-fi vibe to the tunes, but they never lack a strong melodic sense.

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