Air’s Nicolas Godin is preparing to release his own solo album, ‘Contrepoint’, which is inspired by Glenn Gould.
Gould was much celebrated and troubled pianist who was particularly renowned as an interpreter of the keyboard music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Godin has revealed the first track to be taken from the album, and it’s about far away from Air’s whimsical music as you can get. Starting off fairly subdued, the intro makes way for frenetic guitar lines which then collide with a stirring string section before it all goes a bit mental. A crude description would be it sounds like Bach making chip tunes.
Godin says about the album, “We weren’t surprising ourselves anymore, like other bands after ten years or more. The big challenge for an artist is to have a reason to be, because there are already plenty of records out there. I’d made a statement with Air and I wanted to go back to the classical world, to grow up musically, to renew myself.”
The album is expected later this year via Because Music.