Philadelphia's Sun Airway set Coldplay-reminiscent crooning atop decidedly more adventurous electronic song structures to fine effect on their excellent sophomore album, Soft Fall. Started as the home recording project of Jon Barthmus as he licked his wounds after the implosion of his excellent but overlooked guitar-oriented indie band, the A-Sides, Sun Airway retain Barthmus's former band's knack for unerringly catchy vocal melodies and big choruses, while exploring a newfound taste for ambient sounds and woozy verses. Just as likely to hit the listener over the head with a soaring slice of dance-friendly pop (the New Order-nodding "Black Noise") as a headphone-oriented deep-space exploration (glacial-paced orchestral album closer "Over My Head"), Soft Fall manages to be both dynamic and cohesive on a level rarely heard in electro-pop land. With Savoir Adore and Royal Canoe. 18+.
Fri., Oct. 26, 8 p.m., 2012