Air's fourth studio album, "Pocket Symphony," finds the French duo having a love affair with the very concept of love. "It became a cycle of songwriting, like a loop," band member Nicolas Godin says.

Air's fourth studio album, "Pocket Symphony," finds the French duo having a love affair with the very concept of love. "It became a cycle of songwriting, like a loop," band member Nicolas Godin says. It was also a way for Godin and his musical partner, Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to sonically find themselves again. The twosome had just completed working with Charlotte Gainsbourg on her album "5:55," when they began creating a foundation for "Pocket Symphony."

After working with Gainsbourg, Godin says he and Dunckel were more at peace with themselves musically, "And we were excited about songwriting again."

Due this week from Astralwerks, "Pocket Symphony" revels in sweet, at times melancholic, instrumentation, harking back to the duo's seminal debut, "Moon Safari." Vocals are kept to a minimum, except on "One Hell of a Party" and "Somewhere Between Waking and Sleeping," which feature guest turns from Pulp's Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon, respectively. Air worked with Cocker and Hannon on Gainsbourg's album.

Godin acknowledges that these artists add something special to Air's music. "They bring with them a culture of songwriting from England," Godin says. "As French guys, we have a different background. They are so British, with a pop culture that comes through in their songwriting."

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