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Air France

Air France was a duo from Gothenburg, Sweden. School friends Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt created a band and released tracks which are usually described as Balearic disco, beach foam pop, disco dub and post-rave bliss. It is hard to believe that this music was composed in a cold and remote Swedish city. Well, it is so. In March 2012 Karlsson and Markstedt announced about split-up of the band. Their most favorable albums are No Way Down and On Trade Winds. By 2011 the band became extremely popular among indie groups. The guys performed in Europe, Canada and in the United States. The duo released their albums and several singles under the record label Sincerely Yours based in Gothenburg and established by The Tough Alliance.

Their music seems to be unique and well known at the same time. They admit that they were influenced by St. Etienne. In fact it is their favorite band.

Air France only once performed a live concert. And it turned out to be a disaster. Karlsson described this pretty unpredictable experience of live performing, “The electrical guy pulled the plug after a song and a half… It was at a festival; it was really small and indie, with little kids running around. We invited our friends up, and after two songs it was like chaos”.

They admit that they are not good musicians as they supposed to be. “We don’t want to do this playback thing, and just press play and sing over top… which is what we’re gonna have to do anyways, because I don’t see how we can do it otherwise”.

It seems like the guys were simply repeating themselves. But as it happens often they couldn’t repeat their own success. They were really great band. They had unforgettable experiences in life while traveling around the world and performing their wonderful compositions. On their page the wrote that “…we’ve never been able to finish anything, nothing was ever good enough. We have tried so hard, and we truly gave it all we had. And now we have decided to stop trying, even though it breaks our hearts… Goodbye for now. Who knows, maybe we’ll see you again in another shape. After all, we’re people that never stop dreaming”. So it could be an official reason of the band’s break up.

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