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New Album: Setting Sun – Be Here When You Get There


“dramatic and poignant”  –  NPR

“Setting Sun create an Arcade Fire urgency, creating sweeping orchestrations, driving rhythms.  Delicate, hushed vocals and well-crafted pop songs” – Pop Matters

“Incredibly well-crafted songs ” – USA Today

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Setting Sun. But, they’re back with a their fifth album called Be Here When You Get There out now (as of the 22nd) through Young Love Records.

Setting Sun’s songs are propelled by driving rhythms, tasteful acoustic guitar lines, graceful string orchestrations and frontman Gary Levitt’s intimate, earnest vocals.  Jen Turner (Here We Go Magic, Exclamation Pony) plays bass on the record. Levitt was born in Queens, New York but started the band in San Francisco. Brooklyn is now home base and is where this new album was recorded.

Have a listen at a couple of songs from the new album. Unfortunately, this playlist does not have the 2 songs that I like from the album, “Idiot” and “Singularity”, which the latter has sort of a Gary Jules sound to it. All of the songs remind me a teensy bit of the Dandy Warhols, too.

Here ya go!

Listen: Setting Sun – Be Here When You Get There

Here’s links to buy the album:

Bandcamp (This link will let you listen to the whole album, including the 2 songs I mentioned above.)







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Setting Sun – “The Sympathetic CEO”

Setting Sun has released a new single, “The Sympathetic CEO” which is about the before and after of the recession. The song is from the perspective of a CEO who’s profited at the expense of others until the economy flops. It’s then that he reflects upon his role in the current financial state. Despite the song being about the job force, economy and politics; it’s not an annoying song by any means! It’s still a sunny song, which is what I like about it.

Setting Sun is currently touring with Quitzow (I posted about both bands last month here), and they’ve also released a new track called “Whatever.” It’s got super fun lyrics like, “Whatever…I do what I want; I dress up like your new age mom.”

Click here to download “The Sympathetic CEO

Click here to download “Whatever

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Setting Sun & Quitzow

Last month I posted about Setting Sun and their new album Fantasurreal. I also posted a link in March to their video for “Driving.”

WELL, they’ve released a new video for “Make You Feel” and have announced tour dates including one here!!! Hooray!!!

Click to watch the new video for "Make You Feel"

Setting Sun is touring with Quitzow, another band who share four band members between them and Setting Sun. Kinda cool, huh?

Click to watch Quitzow's video for "Cherry Blossom"

Setting Sun + Quitzow Summer Tour Dates:

 7/15 Philadelphia, PA  @ Milkboy (All Ages)

7/16  Washington, DC @ TBA

7/17 Greenville, NC @ Tipsy Teapot (All Ages)

7/18 Chapel Hill, NC @ TBA

7/21 Columbus, GA @ Soho (All Ages)

7/22 Atlanta, GA  @ Wonderoot (All Ages)

7/24 Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s

7/25  Little Rock, AK @ Rev Room

7/27 Norman, OK @ The Deli

7/28  Amarillo, TX @ The 806 (All Ages)

7/29 El Paso, TX @ Zenmeister  

7/30 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture (All Ages)

7/31 Phoenix, AZ @ The Dressing Room

8/2 Los Angeles, CA @ Viper Room

8/3 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop

8/4 Eugene, OR @ Muse Lounge

8/5 Portland, OR @ The Woods

8/6 Seattle, WA @ The Comet

8/7 Monroe, WA @ Eddies Trackside

8/9 Boise, ID @ The Bouquet

8/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA

8/11 Denver, CO  @ TBA

8/12 Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room

8/13  Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews

8/14 Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s Music Joint

8/15 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn

8/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks

8/17 New York, NY @ TBA

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Setting Sun

Setting Sun released their newest masterpiece, Fantasurreal, through Young Love Records yesterday. 

This is the fourth release from Setting Sun, and definitely the most sonically ambitious. Over the course of six months, the record just flowed. “This was the easiest record I’ve ever made,” says Levitt. “It felt natural to come home to my studio and let these songs pour out while embracing some solitude that is so hard to find on tour. It was a big relief and a great way to ease back into my life.” The end result was energetic indie folk textured with percussion, swirling electronics, trumpets and strings creating a record that exists somewhere between Beck’s most insular moments and the giddy excitement of MGMT, simultaneously undercutting the vitality with raw, emotive vocals and lyrics that channel Bright Eyes or Elliott Smith. Buoyant pop songs like “Driving” share space with introspective indie folk tunes like “Don’t Grow Up”. Add in booming floor stomps like “Make You Feel” and Fantasurreal becomes Levitt’s most diverse work to date.

Here are my 2 favorites from the album:

Download “Make You Feel”

Download “Driving”

This record marks Setting Sun as a mainstay of the indie scene, as songwriter Gary Levitt further carves a niche writing and producing another soaring batch of sweepingly beautiful indie pop songs.

Download “Sacrifice”

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Setting Sun – “Driving”

‘Driving’ by Setting Sun

Here’s the new video from Setting Sun, aka prolific songwriter Gary Levitt, in anticipation of the upcoming release of Fantasurreal on June 1. Set to Levitt’s bouncy indie folk and animated by artist Charles Pieper, the video pays tribute to ’90s independent animation, a la MTV’s iconic “Liquid Television” series. Watching the Pieper’s trippy claymation interspersed between shots of Levitt, it’s hard not to expect early Mike Judge and “Æon Flux” shorts to follow.

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