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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Philadelphia duo of Jon Barthmus, formally of the A-Sides, and Patrick Marsciell.
  • Record Label: Dead Oceans Records
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Electronic
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 14, 2011
    80
    This is a finely paced album, mirroring the rhythm of the calendar and getting choppier as it moves toward the midway point. [Feb 2011, p.99]
  2. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    There are times when it feels a bit prescribed; dream-pop by numbers. But when they're at their best Sun Airway have a knack of perfectly balancing melancholy with intelligence and brutal honesty.
  3. Feb 10, 2011
    80
    It's the kind of delicate wordplay that perfectly coagulates the dream-like qualities of an album unafraid of exploring a quiet loveliness.
  4. Feb 10, 2011
    70
    At times, it almost feels like too much at once, but the band's music is so buoyant that to bring it down to earth too much would be a shame.
  5. Feb 10, 2011
    70
    Respectably, Sun Airway do constantly challenge themselves by taking the unexplored route of achieving sturdy compositions through electronic textures, especially in a time when house and nu-rave are fast becoming indie's current electronic touchstones.
  6. Apr 4, 2011
    60
    This is a richly textured debut that creates a very agreeable collision between the organic and the electronic. [Feb 2011, p.100]
  7. 40
    It's tuneful enough but, really, the case for the dismantling of 2010's nostalgic apparatus starts here. Less hypnagogic pop, more over-the-hillwave.

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