Daily Listen-Air France-Collapsing At Your Doorstep

Air France is a group that I’ve loved for a while now, one that I wish had released more music before it dissolved a few years ago. Luckily, the Swedish duo left us with the excellent, albeit brief, 2008 album No Way Down (Sincerely Yours), which features “Collapsing At Your Doorstep,” a song that I listened to while driving back to Pittsburgh from Erie this evening. Air France’s sound has been described as “Balearic beat,” a genre named after the Mediterranean archipelago (which includes the famous party island Ibiza) on which the style was pioneered. Balearic beat is almost a precursor to the “tropical house” that Norwegian DJ Kygo popularized a few years back, as it often features a more laid-back and exotic sound than traditional rave music. Air France created rich, emotionally-resonant tracks that will just as soon make you cry as they will make you dance. “Collapsing At Your Doorstep” is built around a looped sample of two children talking to each other: one muses, “Sort of like a dream…” and the other responds, “No, better.” This nostalgic, innocent snippet is accompanied by dazzling string flourishes, guitar plucks, and sunny, driving percussion. The effect is enchanting, and this song should appeal to anyone with a functioning heart. Do yourself a favor and listen to the whole album.

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