Live

Sun Airway, Pure Bathing Culture

When: Thu., Oct. 18, 9 p.m. 2012

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Each time I listen to Soft Fall, the second album from Philadelphia's Sun Airway (in the studio, a duo of songwriter Jon Barthmus and "sound sculptor" Patrick Marsceill), it sounds just so slightly different to me. The mix is not quite how I remember it; the vocals are either more prominent or sunk further down in the rich sonic solution; songs are either markedly more joyous or melancholy than the version that I have playing in my mind. In other words, it's a remarkable record of deep invention, and a sort of alarming lack of identity—in a good way, the way that keeps you coming back and projecting your own mood onto the record's expressive sounds. Constructed from studio recordings of a string quartet and other live instruments, which were then taken entirely apart in Barthmus' home studio, it's a record very much of its moment, outwardly resembling the many glowing, nostalgia-hazed, electronic-tinged pop music out there. But I think there's something more lasting to it as well, and with Sun Airway's five-piece live band and reports of elaborate projections, tonight offers the chance to get fully submerged. NED LANNAMANN

Price: $10

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