Air playing in China, Latvia, and Israel on Close Up Tour

    The luxuriant pop of French duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel (a.k.a Air) is set to reach some unusual climes toward the end of this year. Air’s promotional duties for 2007 album Pocket Symphony come to a close with dates in Romania, China, Israel, and Latvia, on what they’ve deemed the “Close Up Tour.”

    The band’s most recent release was a revamped version of its classic Moon Safari album, which comes complete with a DVD documentary directed by Mike Mills (Thumbsucker). According to these last.fm charts, Moon Safari has a stronghold on the hearts of Air fans, with “All I Need” and “Sexy Boy” hitting the top two spots in the Top Tracks rundown. Here are the full Close Up Tour dates. [Pitchfork]

    09.19 Bucharest, Romania: Circului
    09.26 Beijing, China: Yugong Yishan
    09.27 Beijing, China: Yugong Yishan
    10.02 Tel Aviv, Israel: The Hangar 11
    10.03 Tel Aviv, Israel: Zappa Club
    10.05 Riga, Latvia: Dream Factory
    10.07 Warsaw, Poland: Palladium Club
    10.10 Reims, France: La Cartonnerie
    10.11 Paris, France: Salle Pleyel