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WATCH // Sun Airway Performs “Close” Live, Win Two Tickets to M For Montreal Show

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.

WATCH: New Sun Airway Video for “Close,” Pre-order Soft Fall on Limited-Edition Purple Vinyl

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

LSTN: Sun Airway Remix by Beat Connection, Plus New Dates with M83 & Show at Museum of Arts & Design

Perhaps you heard Sun Airway’s new single “Close” when we shared it a couple of weeks ago. You didn’t? Listen HERE. It’s the first track off their forthcoming album, Soft Fall, out October 2. Today we get the first listen to Beat Connection’s new reworking of “Close.” Listen below and download at RCRD LBL.

Sun Airway is gearing up for a handful of dates with M83, who they recently remixed. Listen to “Reunion” and see all tour dates below. In addition to their M83 dates, the band will perform at the opening night of The Babycastles Summit at the Museum of Arts and Design. It all happens on August 24 and Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Little Ruckus and Happy New Year will also perform.

For our last bit of Sun Airway fun —> It’s a new Sun Airway mixtape, I Need You Close! Created by Jon Barthmus, the mixtape is a 24-minute track that blends snippets of artists ranging from David Bowie to Mozart to Dead Ocean’s own Bill Fay. Check out the mixtape below! Read the rest of this entry »

Sun Airway Announce New Album, Listen to First Single

Sun Airway announce their second album, Soft Fall, set for release October 2. The sonically inspiring sub-strata of Soft Fall began in songwriter/producer Jon Barthmus’ house in Philadelphia. Classical foundations were chopped, dissected, and sewn back together by a string quartet in one recording studio, with live instruments overdubbed in another, then re-edited and assembled back at home by Barthmus. David Wrench (Caribou, Bat for Lashes, Bear in Heaven) took it all to new heights with some masterful mixing. You can listen to “Close,” the first single from the album, below!

Yesterday, Sun Airway released a remix of M83′s “Reunion.” Listen HERE.

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