Listen to ‘Close’ Below. ‘Soft Fall’ released on Dead Oceans
Following on from the acclaimed debut full-length “Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier” released towards the end of 2010, Sun Airway, aka the project of Philadelphia’s maverick of lush, symphonic pop Jon Barthmus, returns with ‘Soft Fall’, released October 2nd on Dead Oceans (The Tallest Man On Earth, Phosphorescent, A Place To Bury Strangers).
‘Soft Fall’ finds Barthmus at the helm, masterfully presiding over the richly layered and deeply emotive pop of the album’s eleven tracks. It is a much more personal and finely honed affair; Barthmus recorded the album in the intimate environment of his home in Philadelphia over the past three years. He took classical foundations, chopped, dissected, and sewed them back together with a string quartet in the studio, then re-edited and assembled the whole thing, working alongside mixer David Wrench (Caribou, Bat for Lashes, Bear in Heaven).
Indeed, On ‘Soft Fall’, Sun Airway’s pop songs move out of the bedroom and into cathedrals. They are richly saturated, bright and colourful, glistening with ringing acoustic instruments and layered with synths and pads that serve as the foundation for Barthmus’ passionately delivered melody. Echoing the work of electronic pop pioneers past and present, listen closely and you will hear touches of ELO and New Order brush up against hints of modern sounds like M83 and Radio Dept., carried by the subtle breeze of Bjork’s Homogenic. Or as Barthmus’ describes his vision of the album’s distinct sound: “being in giant palaces where sci-fi rules and there is no gravity, making the metaphorical, literal. "
In a landscape of collapsed beats and shimmering walls of sound, ‘Soft Fall’ takes the potent promise of Sun Airways’ debut and elevates it to an altogether higher, more vivid and emotive plain: grand and beautiful, ornate and complex, surreal and classic all at once.
Listen to ‘Close’ here
Praise for Sun Airway and Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier:
"A mature and confident collection of alternate-reality singles" – Pitchfork
"A series of sweeping, cinematic musical mini-epics; a sepia-coloured Super 8 sound that is sure to appeal to fans of ethereal music" – MOJO
"Philly duo Sun Airway have crafted ten warm, wafting tracks here that prove their nifty remixes for folks like Delorean and Here We Go Magic were no fluke" – VICE