ALBUM REVIEW: “Soft Fall” by Sun Airway

October 02. 2012 | By Jon Allmond

Sun Airway
Soft Fall
[Dead Oceans]

There’s no question about it that 2012 has been incredibly huge for music. We’re constantly being blown away by various artists and in a way that may have set our expectations high for a lot of albums. With that being said, there’s nothing that could’ve prepared us for the sheer brilliance and overall grandiose nature of Philadelphia duo Sun Airway and their sophomore release Soft Fall.

Right from the start, listeners are taken into a world encompassed by beauty and elegance, provided by the instrumental track “Activity 1” and then swept away by the undeniable catchiness of “Close.” There’s a heavy cinematic and dreamy feel accompanying every track on Soft Fall, and as it progresses, you can’t help but to get caught up in at all and hope that it never ends. The title track “Soft Fall” makes listeners feel as if they were floating as the synths vibrantly bounce around and John Barthmus’ airy and soothing falsetto voice gently flow from ear to ear while the closing track “Be Everywhere” sounds absolutely mystifying and dazzling, delicately unfolding into the album’s most powerful and alluring number. If you’re not familiar with Sun Airway, then this album is a great introduction, and if you’ve been a fan, then you’ll probably love it even more than you originally thought you would. October is here and with Soft Fall, it’s off to a great start.

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