As a producer/remixer, Bertrand Burgalat has worked with such groups as Depeche Mode and Soul II Soul.
As a producer/remixer, Bertrand Burgalat has worked with such groups as Depeche Mode and Soul II Soul. On his solo debut, he creates his own songs—and, in the process, his own brand of neo-retro lounge music. Whether singing lazily over strummed acoustic guitars on the folky "Chaque Jour," handing the microphone to British MTV host Joanne Colan for an English half-rap on the disco-flavored "Sunshine Yellow," or eschewing vocals altogether on the dreamy, synth-heavy opening instrumental "Aux Cyclades Electronique," Burgalat creates ethereal arrangements with an often narcotic, trance-like effect. Still, enough of a beat remains to prevent the disc from feeling drowsy. Musically, it's an apt companion to Moon Safari by fellow French act Air, whom Burgalat has also remixed.—WH