It’s Monday and what better way to kick off your week than with a new Sun Airway remix? South African producer DJ Spoko takes on “Black Noise” and reworks the Soft Fall track with his ‘Bacardi House’ styling. Clash calls the remix “a fun, buoyant affair which completely inverts the dream pop nature of the original.” Listen to “Black Noise (DJ Spoko Remix)” above.
Sun Airway released their sophomore album, Soft Fall, in early October. They kicked things off with a record release show at one of Philadelphia’s awesome Making Time parties. BITBY.TV was there to catch it all, including the ridiculously cool light show. Watch SA perform “Close” above.
Jon Barthmus and NAM’s Takayuki Nakazawa sat down with Redefine Magazine to talk about the Soft Fall artwork and the experience of working together. Read the interview HERE.
“My first idea was that instead of using natural light as we did in our previous work, it would be better to create an even more realistic visual. I thought it would be interesting to organize a scene with a picturesque arrangement of vegetation, tableware, and glassware. Similar to how Millais depicted Ophelia1… We also added just a little erotic element as a sort of secret ingredient. I thought these things would bring some depth to the fantasy-like world we were creating.” – Takayuki Nakazawa
REMINDER: Sun Airway head to M for Montreal on November 16! They’ll perform with SUUNS, Memoryhouse and D’eon. You can win two tickets to the show on our Facebook. Additional dates listed HERE.
Sun Airway’s Soft Fall is officially available for your listening pleasure! Named Album of the Month by The Deli Philly, the new record is available on purple vinyl at SC Distribution or grab a digital copy at iTunes. You can also find a copy at your local record store! Check out the new video for “Close” below! MTV Hive is currently streaming the album in full! You’ll find the music and interview HERE.
Sun Airway kick off the first of two nights at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom with M83 this evening! Full list of tour dates HERE!
Praise for Soft Fall
“Merging with the already gleaming major-key synths, the strings provide grandeur and romantic swirl. They also effectively confuse the listener’s comportment toward space and time. The album title, says Barthmus, is meant to capture a state of weightlessness. And floating moments certainly abound, especially on the closing track, ‘Over My Head’ (which, Barthmus says, isn’t a Fleetwood Mac reference), as pulsing strings and twinkling synths gradually rise into a melodious tidal wave.” – Village Voice
“This brilliant album is colourful, giddy and immensely enjoyable from start to finish. He’s combined a sparkly and woozy aesthetic with killer melodies to create a cohesive and fun winning formula.” – Music OMH
“Sun Airway’s Jon Barthmus doesn’t aim small. Soft Fall, the Philly native’s sophomore album, is symphonic electro-pop in the most literal sense, blending fragmented orchestral loops with glittery synth pulses and moody ambience — capturing the grandiose sweep of M83′s Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in half the running time, without the spoken word bits and puzzling interludes about frogs.” – eMusic
Jon recently gave an interview at DIY, indulging the reader with a bit of backstory to each track on the new record. “Black Noise” is in fact a “love song to the silence of a radio tuned to dead air.” When writing “Black Noise” Jon comments it was “unintentionally sounding like the most ‘pop’ thing he’s ever done” and so he went with it. To find out more about the album, head HERE.
“The songs are expansive, often shrouded in mysterious instrumentation, abstract off-turns, all without teetering into the realms of artistic snobbery.” – Jamie Milton, DIY
Sun Airway is currently on tour with M83! They play Miami Beach tonight and make their way back up the East Coast over the next week. Jon and the gang will then pair up with Pure Bathing Culture for West Coast dates. You’ll find the full schedule and ticket links HERE.
Directed by Ewan MacLeod, the new Sun Airway video for “Close” was shot in the furthest southern wilds of Australia. It’s a stunningly beautiful piece set on the beach and features actors Anthony Guilbert and Chloe Boreham. Constructed around the idea of a soft fall, MacLeod writes “it’s kind of a hallucinogenic love story or perhaps it’s the story of what happens after two lovers drown.” Watch the video above or at Pitchfork!
Out on October 2, Soft Fall is now available for pre-order at both SC Distribution and iTunes. The physical pre-order boasts of the most gorgeous colored vinyl we’ve yet to see; it’s translucent purple with a fittingly detailed label. Order fast – the limited-edition run is available for the first 300 copies.
In addition to the video, Jon Barthmus shares a new Spotify playlist he recently curated. Titled I Can Feel It But I Can’t See It, the mix features a wide variety of artists from ELO to Patsy Cline to Daft Punk. Stream the list below.
“The two things that most often make me come back to certain songs again and again are either timeless melodies and orchestration or unique and innovative production. Most of the songs in this list hit both of those categories for me. This mix is pretty polarized into new/old by that dynamic, causing oddities like John Talabot butting right up next to Patsy Cline, but maybe that’s not as far a stretch as it seems.”Jon Barthmus