Better known as one half of the French electronic pop duo Air, Jean-Benoît Dunckel embarked on his solo project, Darkel, while he and fellow Air member Nicolas Godin worked with Charlotte Gainsbourg on her album 5:55. He chose the name Darkel as a twist on his last name, which means "dark" in German, and also because he worked on the project at night with bassists Laurent Griffon and Dayan Korolic. While his Darkel songs have the same hazy, sensual atmosphere and lush synth passages as his Air work, they also explore Dunckel's fondness for more straightforward pop and rock, and influences such as Ween and the Beatles. Astralwerks released Darkel in fall 2006. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi