album review | ELECTRONIC

Air, ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’

The title of Air’s new album, “Le Voyage Dans La Lune,’’ might well resonate with fans of the Oscar-nominated “Hugo,’’ and for good reason. Martin Scorsese’s film fixated lovingly on Georges Méliès’s 1902 silent fantasy of that name; the French duo was recently tasked with composing the music to a newly restored version of the movie. At 31 minutes, “Le Voyage Dans La Lune’’ is twice as long as the film that’s its raison d’être. Make no mistake, though: With tracks reshuffled out of narrative order and interspersed with extra-filmic material, this is an album, not just a soundtrack. Nor are there any throwbacks of century-old styles here, just a continuation of Air’s entirely modern tradition of chilly but humanistic electronica. The three songs with lyrics are too on-the-nose, but the instrumentals capture glitchy, orchestrated foreboding well so long as, like “Sonic Armada,’’ they’re given room to develop. Air might have turned Méliès’s movie too ominous; curious cineastes can judge for themselves on the DVD included with the limited edition. But on the album, listeners are invited to imagine their own moon safari. (Out tomorrow)

ESSENTIAL “Sonic Armada’’