I Hope That This Shaking Will Help Us Awaken

No Way Down by Air France

I have to be honest, I've never listened to Air France before. I wasn't really sure what I was expecting. I actually missed out on getting into the Tough Alliance and other Sincerely Yours artists. I didn't even listen to Since I Left You by the Avalanches (and still haven't).

So, all I can really say is that I enjoyed this release. The EP lasts just barely 23 minutes, and in that short time frame, Air France manages to take you to an idyllic place ("Collapsing at Your Doorstep" features the lines "Sort of like a dream, isn't it?/No, better"). The entire album is an exercise in happiness, and whatever few sparse lyrics you might stumble upon through the course of the EP, the majority of them will be blissful and carefree ("No Way Down" winds down with a repeated "Hallelujah").

If there is any real lasting impression, however, it would be this: I want an LP from these guys. Though stunningly beautiful and concise, No Way Down is almost too short.

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