October 3rd, 2012
Extremely. For one, you can stream it on MTV right now. MTV! Secondly, Pitfork reviewed it today and gave it a very solid 7.3 (they gave their debut, Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, a 7.8). Thirdly, it sounds really good. While PFork’s Paul Thompson encourages Jon Barthmus (and Patrick Marsceill) to push their sound further, he applauds the sonic accomplishments present on Soft Fall. He seems to be a fan of both the melodies and the sheer beauty of their instrumentation, AND the smart lyricism, but maybe not together, exactly. Like most reviews on that site, it employs heavy, middling language that rarely takes a firm stance but talks in circular, unwieldy language.
Nevertheless, even that Sun Airway’s new record is reviewed a day after it’s released and that it’s streaming on MTV is pretty damn cool. Philly really seems to be making its way onto the landscape of indie rock with artists like Sharon van Etten, Kurt Vile and the War on Drugs, and soon, Swearin’, plus reps in the R&B/hip-hop field with psuedo-Philadelphians John Legend and Santigold (and of course legit Philly folk The Roots, Meek Mill and Freeway). Sure, we’re not Brooklyn, which pumps out “It” bands daily. But maybe that’s changing. And maybe we don’t even really want that – maybe we’re content to cradle the strays and migrants.
Anyway, what this all boils down to is that this record, alongside their extraordinary debut, should make their $2 Making Time billing a killer show. This Friday, October 5th, Voyeur will attempt to house the grand and airy dream pop of Sun Airway and will only charge you $2 before midnight. Man, that’s a deal!