Release Date: Mar 25, 2016
Record label: Prototyp
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Ambient Pop
Starwalker's self-titled debut lives up to the promise of the Losers Can Win EP, as well as its members' CVs. It's no surprise that a collaboration between Air's Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bang Gang's Bardi Jóhannsson would result in lush, lavish music, but Starwalker is also remarkably and refreshingly pop-focused: The duo saves the album's lone instrumental, the expansive "Demeter," for last. Indeed, Starwalker is often more accessible than some of Dunckel's other music outside of Air; "Losers Can Win" and "Holidays" feel like worthy successors to Darkel's lovely "At the End of the Sky" in their mix of childlike wonder and bittersweet sophistication.
Listening to Starwalker is like eavesdropping on the world’s hippest cocktail party. Which, given the electro-daydream sonic pallet of its two members’ main projects (Air and Bang Gang), isn’t wholly unexpected. But with their new collaboration, Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bardi Johannsson have taken casual cool to the next level, sinuous synths and Dunckel’s Gauloises smoke-infused vocals lofting towards the heavens.
Author rating: /10.