Sun Airway's new album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier sounds like little more than a string of pretty words. In fact, if one could imagine the 'music' of shards of a chandelier falling to the ground, it would be this album. Almost every track on the album is permeated by glittery sound effects.

Playing various dates in the USA over the coming months, duo Sun Airway are making waves with their arty, mesmerising pop: online giant Amazon put this release onto their list of "Outstanding 2010 Albums You Might Have Missed."

I might not go as far as to say "outstanding". Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier, like its name, is more style than substance, the atmosphere the most important and cultivated aspect of the album all the way through. We are introduced Nocturne with 'Infinity', which resounds with shimmering echo before the entrance of vocals that come eerily close to Chris Martin's breathy timbre. 'American West' follows a similar pattern, soft melodies seamlessly carrying verses into choruses, choruses into instrumental parts. This track begins to showcase the complexity of Sun Airway's music, a texture rich in subtle harmonies; I made new discoveries of sound effects every listen.

The question after track three, 'Oh, Naoko', is whether this tropical waterfall vibe can keep the listener's attention for 44 minutes, or whether it's destined to be background noise to everyone but the die-hards. The constancy of the often repetitive backing is enticingly hypnotic, but at times borders on ceaseless. 'Waiting On You' is a slight variation on this, the voice more prominent in the mix as lyrics skip through memories of a relationship, then the catchy soaring chorus of 'oooh's, which is a change, and definitely a welcome one.

Single 'Put the Days Away' is an archetypal Sun Airway track: it's rich in texture, mesmerising and emotional, but possibly a little boring after a while. The video is arty to the extreme, but a good watch, especially the bemusing ending that I think I'm the only one not to have 'got', going by the Youtube comments.

Closing track 'Five Years' is one of my favourites, though whether it needed so much fade in and out is questionable. The line "waking up a rebel every five years" is probably one of the catchiest lines on the album.

It's a well-crafted and produced album, fashionably electronic, but I'm not sure Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier will do more than pass through its fans' consciousnesses, briefly adored but not kept on the playlist for more than a month or two. It's listenable for sure, and I'd recommend it to fans of modern electronic pop like MGMT (though it's a bit less 'pop' than that). I'm just not easily moved by walls of noise.

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