Good rather than great, and enjoyable if rarely fully captivating, what’s clear is that Jon Barthmus has a talent both as a producer, arranger and writer that could well pay dividends a couple of records down the line, in the meantime we have Soft Fall and things could be a whole lot worse.»
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back with a second album of thoughtful new themes, sun airway's 'soft fall' takes us to an ethereal layer between worlds. on 'soft fall', sun airway's pop songs move out of the bedroom and into cathedrals. the songs are hyper-saturated, bright and colourful, spilling from the speakers. they're glistening, based on rich acoustic instruments and layered in synthetic sounds carried along on barthmus' perfect hooks. listen closely, and you can make out the memories left traced in the rocks; shady shapes of electronic / pop pioneers past and present. touches of elo and new order brush up against hints of modern sounds like m83 and radio dept., carried by the subtle breeze of bjork's 'homogenic'.
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