One of the biggest songs by the influential French electronic duo Air asks a simple but pointed question: How Does It Make You Feel? Based on the crowd’s reaction following their touring-closing performance at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday night, the answer is completely enraptured.
On a temperate June evening ideal for an outdoor show, Air were blissful and beguiling throughout their set at The Greek. Although the group brought out Beck and some of his bandmates for a spirited performance of the aforementioned 10000 HZ Legend standout, Air’s overall set was subdued and smooth, befitting their sound. Joined by a live drummer and a second keyboardist, Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel didn’t say much to the crowd during their set, nor did they need to: The group’s enchanting music cast a spell all its own.
Though Air is the type of group that doesn’t really have “hits,” they performed all of their best-known songs, including “Playground Love,” “Cherry Blossom Girl” and “Kelly Watch the Stars.” However, the group sounded best on relatively deeper cuts like “Radian” and “Talisman,” songs that emphasize the group’s impressive balance between gorgeous melodies, rich atmosphere and in-the-pocket grooves.
With Beck and friends joining the band for "How Does It Make You Feel?" at the top of their encore, Air finished out the night on a strong note. Next up was a surprisingly crunchy and danceable version of “Sexy Boy” before the band closed out the evening with an extended jam on the timeless “La femme d'argent.”
The show was the final stop in the band’s month-long U.S. tour and in a recent interview, the group said they, “have no plans for [upcoming] albums.” Even if they never record again, last night’s show proved that Air has already carved out their legacy as one of the best French bands of the past 20 years. For Godin and Dunckel, that has to feel pretty damn good.
Check out a slideshow of their Greek show above and click here for our list of the best Air songs.