Swedish artists have an almost uncanny ability to stay out of the spotlight between albums, seemingly dropping off the face of the planet for periods of time to focus on their art. It’s been two long years since Joel Karlsson and Henrik Markstedt have released anything as Air France, and even longer since their 2008 landmark EP “No Way Down.” This morning, the duo finally broke their silence with “It Feels Good to Be Around You,” another breezy slice of Balearic gold that has become their stock and trade.

“It Feels Good to Be Around You” sounds as if it could have been released any time during the band’s existence. It features the same kind of bright and sun kissed vibe that evokes images of a tropical paradise, complete with steel drums, and a pulsating back beat that just begs for your attention. In addition to the reverberated female vocals that have helped propel some of their best songs (“June Evenings,” “Collapsing At Your Doorstep”), there’s an interesting distorted voice sample that brings to mind the work of Burial.  However, they use the haunting sample to good effect here, and aside from the initial shock of hearing it, it does nothing to take away from the overall quality of the song.

There has been no news yet as to whether Air France will follow up this single with an EP or their long awaited full length debut. However, it is good to finally hear something new from them, and “It Feels Good to Be Around You” is a welcome return. Between this and the release of Jens Lekman’s “An Argument With Myself” yesterday, Sweden has made it’s mark all over the end of this week. Now if only we could get something new from The Field…