air france no way down EP poll

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how have we not done this. possibly the best music ever

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Collapsing at Your Doorstep" 17
"No Excuses" 9
"June Evenings" 6
"No Way Down" 2
"Maundy Thursday" 1
"Windmill Wedding" 0


k3vin k., Sunday, 11 December 2016 03:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Kinda leaning more towards No Excuses these days

pumped up kicks and levels on repeat all night (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 11 December 2016 03:08 (two years ago) Permalink

Same... very difficult poll though!!

Evan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 05:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Collapsing at Your Doorstep

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 11 December 2016 05:04 (two years ago) Permalink

Going with June Evenings but I love this so much I paid Discogs prices for the 2x10" repress. I probably played June Evenings more than anything else this year. Here's a playlist built around that EP: https://open.spotify.com/user/brotherlovesdub/playlist/0DNCjlKIiAts9YGyFJmVMA

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 11 December 2016 05:45 (two years ago) Permalink

very difficult to choose between June Evenings, Collapsing at Your Doorstep and No Excuses but went with No Excuses, so great

ufo, Sunday, 11 December 2016 05:53 (two years ago) Permalink

collapsing at your doorstep is a GOAT track

J0rdan S., Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Going with June Evenings but I love this so much I paid Discogs prices for the 2x10" repress. I probably played June Evenings more than anything else this year. Here's a playlist built around that EP: https://open.spotify.com/user/brotherlovesdub/playlist/0DNCjlKIiAts9YGyFJmVMA

― brotherlovesdub, Sunday, December 11, 2016 12:45 AM (forty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I got that 2x10" for free in 2009 for volunteering some help at insound.com at the time :)

Evan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 06:34 (two years ago) Permalink

good Spotify playlist

this is difficult but I think I'm gonna go for the title track. The way the chorus part feels like a retreat is the secret charm of this EP - it manages to make all these joyful sounds and euphoric moments still feel intimate and private.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:00 (two years ago) Permalink

"No Excuses" for me.

Bought this on a hunch in Pet Sounds in Stockholm on holiday in 2008. Wasn't let down.

michaellambert, Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:10 (two years ago) Permalink

wet in the best way

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 11 December 2016 10:18 (two years ago) Permalink

I once mistakenly referred to one of these songs as "Collapsing at your Desktop" and to be honest I was very OTM that day.

Tim F, Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:29 (two years ago) Permalink

That remains true even if I end up voting for "No Excuses"

Tim F, Sunday, 11 December 2016 11:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Voted June Evenings but it really could have been any of tracks 2-5.

This reminded me to go back to Boat Club's Caught the Breeze from 2007 - another of my all-time favorites for this type of Scandinavian-Balearic vibes. Maybe the only thing they've done? Couldn't find them ever mentioned on ILM

ƒ©˙∆˚¬ (Whitey on the Moon), Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:03 (two years ago) Permalink

i love that boat club ep too! ilm is the only place i've ever seen them mentioned tho it is not the easiest name to search for

voted for maundy thursday, windmill wedding is by some distance the least great song here

he mea ole, he kanaka lapuwale (sciatica), Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:21 (two years ago) Permalink

never heard this before and reading their thread feels p much exactly like when i went through the studio thread years ago

who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, 11 December 2016 16:33 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm jealous of you getting to find its excellence for the first time.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 11 December 2016 17:23 (two years ago) Permalink

omg brad what

k3vin k., Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:36 (two years ago) Permalink

!!!

Evan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:44 (two years ago) Permalink

On Trade Winds holds up quite well too, if you're introducing yourself to these guys for the first time you might as well listen to everything.

Evan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:45 (two years ago) Permalink

also the stand alone single GBG Belongs To Us, and their remixes for Friendly Fires and Taken By Trees. Their whole career fits on to one CD-R.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:49 (two years ago) Permalink

This always puts me in a great mood:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdgzsx2Ne_Y

Evan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:54 (two years ago) Permalink

"it feels good to be around you" is also good stuff

k3vin k., Sunday, 11 December 2016 18:56 (two years ago) Permalink

The Friendly Fires remix is wonderful!

michaellambert, Sunday, 11 December 2016 19:48 (two years ago) Permalink

never heard this before and reading their thread feels p much exactly like when i went through the studio thread years ago

― who is extremely unqualified to review this pop album (BradNelson), Sunday, December 11, 2016 11:33 AM (three hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i would be stunned if you didn't immediately love this

J0rdan S., Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

best music ever

flopson, Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:49 (two years ago) Permalink

I just re-read the original thread and had to laugh at lex arriving to say he didn't like Air France, Kevin encouraging Lex to persevere and cutty telling Kevin to fuck off.

Tim F, Sunday, 11 December 2016 20:56 (two years ago) Permalink

Yoo-Yoo from Stockholm seem like spiritual successors to Air France

https://soundcloud.com/yooyoofoundation

nashwan, Sunday, 11 December 2016 23:03 (two years ago) Permalink

might be my all-time favorite EP. could make a case for anything on here, but i went with the title song.

while we're talking AF in general: early loosie "hold on to me baby" is one of their best. discovering it years after the fact felt like finding a hidden track on no way down. here's a bad youtube rip of an 192kbps mp3, replete with a couple mins of dead air at the end:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HQlCpgEEGU

soyrev, Monday, 12 December 2016 03:48 (two years ago) Permalink

think a couple of others have mentioned but on trade winds still BANGS

k3vin k., Monday, 12 December 2016 05:10 (two years ago) Permalink

i never flipped for anything on this or any other tracks as much as 'meet me by the pier'

johnny crunch, Monday, 12 December 2016 12:20 (two years ago) Permalink

bump for brad to tell us how much he likes this

k3vin k., Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:17 (two years ago) Permalink

Why isn't Meet Me By The Pier on discogs?!?! I never knew it existed!

Evan, Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:29 (two years ago) Permalink

another great one, cover of an au revoir simone song

https://soundcloud.com/tough_lll/air-france-afraid-you-told

he mea ole, he kanaka lapuwale (sciatica), Wednesday, 14 December 2016 02:51 (two years ago) Permalink

damn

k3vin k., Wednesday, 14 December 2016 04:18 (two years ago) Permalink

extending my cameo as this is one of my absolute favorite groups and i miss them so much: is anyone here even sure "meet me by the pier" is actually AF? i tried to investigate a few years back, and could only find it posted on a couple extremely minor blogspots in 2010 (at the same time as another improbable obscurity, "please don't die on my doorstep" – AF were frequently self-referential but never so tastelessly). seems impossible to me that these songs would've come out at any point post-trade winds (december 2006) because in the peak bloghouse days these tracks would've left behind a much bigger fossil record.

i did find one search result that claims "pier" is an '06 sincerely yours 7", but considering 1) it's listed as being sourced from 192kbps, 2) the website listing it is long gone/cached, 3) sincerely yours doesn't list any such release in their catalogue or even have a spare # for it, that's probably bunk. ii'm p convinced these songs are pale imitations – absolutely their weakest work if it's somehow actually theirs.

btw, researching this stuff i discovered that air france released their very own white wine companion to on trade winds, which was only sold at a small gig that had something to do with PM dawn. if anyone has one of these corked, name your price...

http://www.sincerelyyours.se/yours0022-5

soyrev, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:39 (two years ago) Permalink

voted collapsing at your doorstep

nxd, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 12:43 (two years ago) Permalink

Thanks for looking into that soyrev, I was also having trouble wrapping my brain around the lack of background for that track.

Evan, Wednesday, 14 December 2016 14:37 (two years ago) Permalink

cannot stop listening to "beach party" and "never content" from their first EP

k3vin k., Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:44 (two years ago) Permalink

Same!

Evan, Saturday, 17 December 2016 17:50 (two years ago) Permalink

i actually think "never content" might be > "beach party"

k3vin k., Sunday, 18 December 2016 02:55 (two years ago) Permalink

GBG Belongs to Us is amazing too, probably my favourite of theirs other than tracks 3-4 here

josh az (2011nostalgia), Sunday, 18 December 2016 12:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 19 December 2016 00:01 (two years ago) Permalink

Sort of like a dream... isn't it? No, better.

Roz, Monday, 19 December 2016 02:05 (two years ago) Permalink

^

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 19 December 2016 14:58 (two years ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 20 December 2016 00:01 (two years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

btw i would suggest listening to this band's music stoned on the beach

k3vin k., Monday, 26 June 2017 19:23 (one year ago) Permalink

🤙

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 26 June 2017 21:20 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

hey sorry it took me two years to actually listen to this

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 14 December 2018 17:05 (three months ago) Permalink

holy shit

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 14 December 2018 17:05 (three months ago) Permalink

wow how had you not heard what's possibly the best music ever (as correctly stated in the op) before

ufo, Friday, 14 December 2018 17:07 (three months ago) Permalink

brad,

k3vin k., Friday, 14 December 2018 17:10 (three months ago) Permalink

i know!

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 14 December 2018 17:13 (three months ago) Permalink

last summer while i was sitting on The hillside at sunset waiting for the xx to come on stage, they played some tracks from this over the pa and it was perfect

ufo, Friday, 14 December 2018 17:16 (three months ago) Permalink

i know!

― jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, December 14, 2018 12:13 PM (one hour ago)

so what did you think? I think I'm due for a relisten too -- and their first EP is also ridiculously high quality

k3vin k., Friday, 14 December 2018 18:18 (three months ago) Permalink

verdict: i just put "collapsing outside your doorstep" on a mix for my crush

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Friday, 14 December 2018 18:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Air France is my favorite! That and Studio have been in constant rotation for 10 years solid

Evan, Friday, 14 December 2018 18:38 (three months ago) Permalink

last year I made some music that was very "inspired" (ie derivative) of this EP and some people heard it and it's allowed me to do some pretty interesting things like a soundtrack for a video for a charity and produce the music played into a live art exhibition, so not only do I get to thank them for making the best EP of all time but also for inspiring me to get to a position with a casual hobby I never thought possible, thank you Air France

boxedjoy, Friday, 14 December 2018 22:46 (three months ago) Permalink

wow!!

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 15 December 2018 00:01 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://medium.com/@MatteoUrella/it-feels-good-to-be-around-you-a-conversation-with-air-france-b9366aa8348a

A new interview with Henrik & Joel!

boxedjoy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Thanks for that!

Agonizing that the interviewer doesn't touch upon any of their current plans/music making though, apart from this:

While long removed from putting out music — at least under the Air France moniker — both Karlsson and Markstedt took the time to speak about love, memory and creativity.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:39 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah it feels like either a missed opportunity or they simply don't have any substantial plans

boxedjoy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Surely the writer knows that everyone reading it will want to know, so at least address that they don't have substantial plans if indeed they don't imo

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:44 (two months ago) Permalink

congrats to boxedjoy on the success of your productions!

my name is leee john, for we are many (NickB), Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:52 (two months ago) Permalink

thank you NickB!

I think the circumstances by which they retired the project mean that the fans dont have any unrealistic hopes of them making a follow-up. But the tease of "at least under the Air France moniker" is tantalizingly unfair

boxedjoy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Also I hate that word "moniker"

boxedjoy, Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:57 (two months ago) Permalink


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