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One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway. The latter act's dazzling summer single "Close" — released just ahead of news that Sun Airway would support a strand of M83 live dates that wrapped recently — is Barthmus's most potent musical statement to date. It communicates intoxicating innocence via a dizzying swirl of hypertrophic melodies, splashy beats, and staccato guitar chords. The balance of
is similarly glossy and palatable, but also decidedly sophisticated. Indeed, the string arrangements on the album sprang from sampled classical music being reduced to sheet music and then performed by a string quartet.
may not have an outright appeal to the overground, but it's easy to see why M83's Anthony Gonzalez elected to hear this Philly project's enchanting Technicolor dream jams each night before his own.
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| October 30, 2012
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SUN AIRWAY | SOFT FALL
| October 09, 2012
One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
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