Album Review: Sun Airway - Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal Chandelier (Dead Oceans)

Tuneful but mismatched

The chillaxing enterprise of Philadelphia duo Patrick Marsciell and Jon Bathmus, Sun Airway’s inaugural effort sounds like your dad’s attempts to muscle in on your glo-fi collection 12 months too late. Coldplay meets Toro Y Moi, Empire Of The Sun meets Animal Collective — there’s not a commercial/edgy mismatch too far for this lot, whose use of swaddling synth washes and skittering drum patterns can’t disguise a polite conservatism at work here. 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.

Alex Denney
4 / 10

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