Pocket Symphony

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Pocket Symphony
Air - Pocket Symphony.png
Studio album by
Released5 March 2007 (2007-03-05)
Studio
  • Revolvair, Paris
  • Gang, Paris
Length47:47
LabelVirgin
Producer
Air chronology
Talkie Walkie
(2004)
Pocket Symphony
(2007)
Love 2
(2009)
Singles from Pocket Symphony
  1. "Once Upon a Time"
    Released: 29 January 2007
  2. "Mer du Japon"
    Released: 11 June 2007
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic63/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubA−[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[6]
Mojo3/5 stars[7]
NME2/10[8]
Pitchfork6.6/10[9]
Spin3/5 stars[10]
Uncut3/5 stars[11]

Pocket Symphony is the fourth studio album by French electronic music duo Air. It was released on 5 March 2007 by Virgin Records and features collaborations with Jarvis Cocker and Neil Hannon.[12] Pocket Symphony incorporates some of the Japanese instruments Godin had recently learned to play from an Okinawan master musician: the koto (also referred to as a Japanese floor harp) and the three-string, banjo-like shamisen. However, a press release claims that "conventional instruments continue to play a great role" in the duo's music.[13] The album features art by Xavier Veilhan.

Pocket Symphony debuted at number 40 on the US Billboard 200, with 17,000 copies sold in its first week.[14] As of February 2012, it had sold 77,000 copies in the United States.[15]

The term "pocket symphony" was popularised by English journalist Derek Taylor, who used it to describe the Beach Boys' 1966 single "Good Vibrations".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by JB Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, except "One Hell of a Party", lyrics by Jarvis Cocker, and "Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping", lyrics by Neil Hannon and Cocker.

No.TitleLength
1."Space Maker"4:01
2."Once Upon a Time"5:01
3."One Hell of a Party"4:02
4."Napalm Love"3:27
5."Mayfair Song"4:19
6."Left Bank"4:06
7."Photograph"3:51
8."Mer du Japon"3:04
9."Lost Message"3:32
10."Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping"3:36
11."Redhead Girl"4:31
12."Night Sight"4:17
Opendisc bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Time Capsule"4:19
14."The Duelist" (featuring Jarvis Cocker and Charlotte Gainsbourg)4:40
Japanese edition bonus track[16]
No.TitleLength
13."Time Capsule"4:19
iTunes Store bonus tracks[17]
No.TitleLength
13."The Duelist" (featuring Jarvis Cocker and Charlotte Gainsbourg)4:40
14."Crickets" (originally not available in the United States[18])3:32

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Pocket Symphony.[19]

Air[edit]

  • Nicolas Godin – bass (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 7–9, 11); solina (track 1); guitars (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6–11); synth bass (track 2); drum machine (tracks 2, 4, 5, 9); shamisen (tracks 2, 3); piano (track 3); koto (tracks 3, 8–11); synthesizers (track 5); vocals (track 6); glockenspiel (tracks 7, 11); tambourine (tracks 7, 8); drums (track 8); Memorymoog (tracks 9, 11); wind chimes (track 11)
  • JB Dunckel – piano (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 7–11); synthesizers (tracks 1–9, 11, 12); vibraphone (tracks 1, 10); vocals (tracks 2, 4, 6–8, 11); glockenspiel (track 2); samples (track 3); ARP percussions, xylophone (track 5); voice pad (tracks 5, 11); drum machine (tracks 6); Rhodes (tracks 7, 11, 12); synth bass (track 10)

Additional musicians[edit]

Technical[edit]

Artwork[edit]

  • Xavier Veilhan – artwork
  • Lili Fleury – artwork
  • Laurent Pinon – artwork

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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