Two years and many hundreds of kilometres in the making, The Sunset Park is the new album from Australian band The Aerial Maps. The follow-up to the band's acclaimed debut album In the Blinding Sunlight, The Sunset Park is the sound of a band forging a new path, taking little heed of convention and diving headlong into an idiosyncratic and adventurous space.
Moving on from the simplicity of what made their first album appeal to so many and expanding on that template in an unexpected fashion, The Aerial Maps have virtually formed their own genre. Led by the vocals and lyrics of Adam Gibson with Simon Holmes and Sean Kennedy as the core creative nucleus, the Aerial Maps have transformed from a band lauded for their fond folky take on life in Australia to an outfit exploring the darker reaches of the country's psyche, the often desperate lives lived beneath the hot sun and on the edges of the wide open roads through narrative and song.
The Sunset Park is an album which spans the breadth of Australia in its content and takes the listener on a journey in a fashion unlike any other Australian (or otherwise) release we can think of. A song cycle that begins in Western Australia and ends in Queensland, it is an ambitious record, one that takes a widescreen view of the country and hums with the distance and rawness of both the land and its people. In the writing of the album, vocalist/lyricist Adam Gibson undertook a long solo journey from the west coast of Australia to the east coast, soaking up the towns, the people and the landscape along the way – the result being a record that has a palpable sense of place.
Formed in 2007, The Aerial Maps released In the Blinding Sunlight in 2008 on the Popboomerang label, subsequently playing shows with acts such as David Bridie, Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing and the Gin Club. The album garnered strong reviews and various tracks, notably 'On the Punt', received wide airplay on various radio stations. In 2009, 'On the Punt' was selected for an ABC Records compilation release titled Songs For Dad and in 2010, Blinding Sunlight was named as Best Spoken Word Release 2005-2010 at the Overland Poetry Awards in Melbourne.
released July 8, 2011
The Sunset Park was produced by Simon Holmes.
It was recorded, engineered and mixed by Russell Pilling at Damien Gerard Studios, Rozelle, Sydney, from July 2009 to May 2011.
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound, Sydney.
All songs by The Aerial Maps (control) except 'Positive Negative' by The Aerial Maps and Greg Perano.
All lyrics by Adam Gibson.
The Aerial Maps are:
- Adam Gibson (lead vocals, saxophone)
- Simon Holmes (guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, percussion, vocals, keyboards, synthesizer, piano, sound effects, kazoo + more)
- Sean Kennedy (keyboards, synthesizer, piano, glockenspiel, percussion, vocals, vocoder, sound effects, chainsaw, kazoo + more)
Additional musicians on The Sunset Park:
- Paul Andrews (drums, percussion)
- Bluey Cahn (guitar)
- Michael Galeazzi (acoustic bass)
-Simon Gibson (drums, percussion, kazoo)
- Mark "Na-Na" Hyland (guitar, banjo, mandolin, vocals, kazoo, melodica)
- Anthony "AJ" Johnson (drums, percussion)
- Nick Kennedy (drums, percussion)
- Lucy Lehmann (vocals, guitar)
- Andy Meehan (guitar)
- Greg Perano (percussion, piano, vocals)
- Mike Quigley (drums, percussion)
- Alannah Russack (vocals, guitar)
- Alex Sabastian (vocals, cello)
- Milo St. Clare-Holmes (keyboards)
The Aerial Maps wish to thank: Joan Gibson, Simon Gibson, Gabrielle Sullivan, Justine, Milo, Maisie, June Kennedy, Melinda, Joel, Marli and Tyler Klinger, Michelle Fleming, Scott Thurling, Tim Byron, Danny Yau, Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing, Ben Salter & The Gin Club, Troy Horse, Jack Shit, Emma Swift, Stuart Coupe, Steve Bell, Graham Ashton, Noel Mengel, John O’Donnell, FBi, 2SER, everyone who played on the album and everyone else who has assisted us along the way in some form or another.
Also thanks to: Matt Brown, Kieran Carroll, Olivia Macarone, Rohan Charlton, Simon Corderoy, Sean Whelan, Alex Gildea, Joel Johnsson, Ben Maclaine, Peter Fraser, Scott McLean, Rebecca Ward, Milo McFarland, Glen Ward, Kevin Nolan, Stuart Alexander, Terry McFarland, Alexandria Fee, Peter Steward, John Gower, Chris Kennedy, Simon French, Michael Quinn, Thomas Fox, Paul Sertori, Jayce White, Joe Harman, Paul Webb, Michael Curley, Ken Stephenson, Chris Cavey, Mark Muir, Matt Arthur, Shawn Gowans, Stephen McCoullough, Mark Hopper, Kerri Clarke, Tony Sharp, Derek Jeffrey, Kenneth Hui, Philipa Veitch, Simon Wielen, Antonios Zagaris.
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