TUNE Starwalker - Starwalker - 'Holidays'
With a number of critically acclaimed albums under his belt, most notably ‘Moon Safari’ (1998) & ‘The Virgin Suicides’ (2000), as part of the French electronic duo Air, Jean-Benoît Dunckel returns as Starwalker with Icelandic artist Bardi Johannsson [Bang Gang, Lady & Bird]. The duo’s 2014 EP, Losers Can Win, properly introduced their singular sound to the masses with much aplomb. Noisey, Stereogum, Spin, Huffington Post and more offered glowing praise. Finding a break in their respective schedules, they recorded Starwalker’s full-length debut that blasts off to a new universe where cinematic soundscapes seamlessly intermingle with unshakable melodies. It’s a trip you’ll want to take again and again.
The duo recently unveiled new single ‘Everybody’s Got Their Own Way’ picking up support from the likes of Pitchfork, STEREOGUM, Wonderland Mag and many more. Starwalker’s debut record will be released in the UK on April 1st by Prototyp Recording & Bang ehf under exclusive license to Sena ehf.
‘Starwalker’ will be preceded by the follow-up single ‘Holidays’, which is released on 16th February. ‘Holidays’ will appeal to any who loves the spirit of inventiveness that’s characterised Dunckel’s career in Air. The roving protean bass groove holds its own against anything from their oeuvre, but it’s just one small part of a perfect and resolutely unpretentious pop song.
The production is expansive and the mood is one of starry-eyed wonder. The joyous sugar-coated melodies and the masterly chorus beam a beatific sanguineness atop the Dungen-esque steady driving beat. What starts as a conventional pop song exits with searing shredding synths.
On forthcoming album ‘Starwalker’, the duo have made a phenomenal album. You could describe it as celestial but it’s also affirmative. It exists to remind us that life can be joyous and music can be playful. Both can be complex and challenging but they needn’t be heavy. When you look beyond the superficiality of much modern pop, and beyond even the precious navel-gazing of its alternatives, you’ll find an act like Starwalker. They appeal only to raw melody and instinct to guide them.