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Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - InterpolSun Airway

Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier

Dead Oceans

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Chimes explode like sparklers on “Infinity,” the opening track on Sun Airway’s debut album. The same dreamily magic effects are sprinkled through the rest of Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier. It shines and glimmers with effervescent keyboard puttering and melodies as beautiful as anything on Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion. Jon Barthmus and Patrick Marsceill wrote and recorded Nocturne in Barthmus’ basement studio in Philadelphia, incorporating field recordings into original compositions. Despite the album’s electronic abstractions, it is full of songs as accessible as they are huge. Choruses and bridges are easy to identify, and even accommodating to solo road trip sing-a-longs. Warm vocals add a sense of comfort to the smooth, chilly electronic shivers of “Oh, Naoko,” while “Shared Piano” breathes and expands sonically atop the mantra-like lyrical refrain, “You bloom and you explode.” Hand claps and a continuous one-note synth clatter adds a laidback dance vibe to “Put the Days Away,” which comes off as LCD Soundsystem’s chill younger brother. “Alone but together/We empty our dreams/On the floor of this New York apartment,” Barthmus quivers in “Waiting on You,” only to later confess, “Your hair on my cheek/I’d die now if only it were up to me.” It’s the kind of delicate wordplay that perfectly coagulates the dream-like qualities of an album unafraid of exploring a quiet loveliness. (

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