I first heard Air from that bull-run commercial advertising jeans. Of course, I didn't know it was Air at that point. All I knew was that the song playing during that 30 seconds was perfect. Later, while browsing at Barnes and Noble I checked out an Air cd at their listening station and was pleased to learn that the song was on that cd.
A few months after discovering who Air was, I was again at Barnes and Noble. On the bottom of one of their displays was a cd titled City Reading. The artist was Air Baricco, and I had no reason to suspect any affiliation with those dudes from the jean commercial. Upon listening to the cd I was drawn in by the spoken words in Italian and the interesting mix of acoustic guitar and electronica backing music. It was a while later that I found out that the group, Air Baricco, was Air providing music with Alessandro Baricco, a novelist, doing narraration with some material from a recent book.
My love of that unique cd prompted this purchase. Talkie Walkie has a terrible title, a pretentuous cover, and a bonus dvd with a live performance they regard "a film." It's a good thing there is some interesting music on this cd, or I'd be close to writing them off as just another product of hype.
What drew me to City Reading was the way electronica and acoustic guitar were mixed to create a textured backdrop of music. It's no surprise then that my favorite tracks on Talkie Walkie utilize simular aural bliss.
Track one, "Venus," starts off with a pounding piano and a punctuated acoustic guitar strum. I am a sucker for a real piano and "Venus" deals in spades. It is probably my favorite track on the cd.
That is followed by "Cherry Blossom Girl" which is a lot more electronic. There is a guitar plucking in the back of the music, but the rest sounds like something I would hear on a sappy Pet Shop Boys album. In general, a lot of Air's vocals on this album remind me of something that I should be hearing from Pet Shop Boys.