Concrete And Glass, which was initially released in early 2020, was rightly considered a minimalist pop triumph upon its release, and the expanded edition features Grammy-nominated alternative R&B duo We Are KING, who have contributed to a new single, Another Side, released a few days ago.
“I’m happy that this song finally found its path thanks to We Are KING,” Godin said. “I wrote this song a few years ago when I was just having fun with my children in the Air studio. For some reason I always thought this tune could make a good song and I decided not to give up on it.
“Finally, after all these years, I had the extreme pleasure to hear what We are KING have done with it and will always remember that night when I heard Another Side on my phone for the first time. It was the confirmation for me that everything comes at the right time when you let destiny guide your steps.”
Along with Another Side, the expanded album also features collaborations with artists that also appeared on the original; Kadhja Bonet returns with Love Theme, Russian art-pop experimentalist Kate NV appears on Ti I Ya, and Kirin J Callinan contributes to Girl Like Sally.
When released last year, many critics compared the album to Air’s enigmatic retro-futurism. Q described it as being “as dreamy and captivating as anything Nicolas Godin has ever done,” while Pitchfork highlighted its “ornate songwriting, luxuriant synth-and-string production, and moments of alchemical magic that Godin charms out of his guest vocalists,” and The Guardian commented, “Godin still has a gift for a very restrained kind of beauty.”
The album can be pre-ordered here.