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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
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 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".

Contents

Track listingEdit

All tracks 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

PersonnelEdit

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

AirEdit

  • 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 musiciansEdit

TechnicalEdit

ArtworkEdit

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

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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