Song: “Playground Love”
Album: The Virgin Suicides Score
This French, electronica/ambient duo of Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Nicolas Godin has shown quite a talent for film scores since their formation in 1995. Breaking off from the band Orange, Air created their own sound, drawing influences from unusual combinations such as Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream. They found their true niche in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, contributing to movie soundtracks such as 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) and Lost in Translation (2003). Air just has a way of setting a scene and evoking our emotions through music that film makers continue to recognize.
“Playground Love” is one of those songs that bring out our deepest, passionate desires. Written for The Virgin Suicides Score, the words are innocently playful, but sensual none-the-less. Lines such as “I’m a highschool lover, and you’re my favorite flavor” matched with a silky smooth saxophone-driven melody are enough to seduce even the most frigid music lover. There’s just something about this song that arouses nostalgia of our sexual awakenings. You may even miss sneaking out of your parents’ house to go make-out in the backseat of your car—but then again, maybe not.