Air at the Outside Lands Music Festival 2016, by Daniel Kielman

The influential French electronic duo AIR kicked off their first American tour in seven years last week in the Northeast and picks up from Chicago next week into three California dates.

AIR will play one night at the Masonic in San Francisco before moving on to the Santa Barbara Bowl and the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to end the US run. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, former students of architecture and mathematics, respectively, started making music in 1995.

AIR’s influential stroke of genius can be felt throughout the current scope of EDM music and high-fidelity recordings where the conjoining of sound and emotion lift the listener as they were lighter than air. Beginning with their 1998 debut album, Moon Safari, they were an international and critical success. In 2000 they were chosen by Sophia Coppola to score her first film, The Virgin Suicides.

They have since released six more albums, each as imaginative and inventive as the last. Each project constitutes its own unique planet: Whether it’s retro-futuristic, Gothic, Floydian, experimentally nuanced, or outright shimmering dance-pop, one thing that is never underestimated is the volatile authenticity that the duo pours into every second of tape.

Along the way, AIR has produced cult classics with as much variety as a midnight movie theater’s eccentric options, the most recent being 2014’s Music For Museum. Recorded as a commission for the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille as part of their Open Museum project, it was released as a limited vinyl-only release, and only 1,000 copies of the album were pressed on clear vinyl.

Opening the evening will be Lo Moon, one of the hottest if-you-don’t-already-know-you-need-to-know-NOW indie synth bands around. Find out why for yourself below:

AIR, Lo Moon
The Masonic
June 23, 2017
8pm, $39.50