Children of the Wild
'Children of the Wild, evokes the laid-back simple life of Levitt's Upstate New York home. Driven by simple acoustic guitar lines, graceful string orchestrations, and Levitt's hushed vocals, Setting Sun's arrangements are dramatic and poignant.' - NPR (All Things Considered) Setting Sun's 3rd record "Children of the Wild" (released June 2008) stayed in the top 200 CMJ charts for 8 weeks and landed many and mostly positive reviews. It's sound is a mix of acoustic instruments (cello, violin, guitar, drums) crossbred with synth and an occasional splash of electronics. It's sound was reported as "organic" and compared to Hunky Dory era David Bowie, Scott Walker, Elliott Smith, and The Arcade Fire. Many of these songs are still spreading and just starting to catch people's ears all over the world. They have been featured on NPR, the BBC and are being used for a feature film coming out in 2009. Reviews: 'Here's another band where I had an impossible time picking one song, since all of them are podcast-worthy. (The new album, Children of the Wild has several incredibly well-crafted songs with a vocal that reminds me of Bright Eyes'. - USA Today Podcast 'Setting Sun create an odd atmosphere, probed by twizzling sounds, and the feeling that this is the soundtrack for the aftermath of a crash landing.' - parasitesandsycophants 'These tunes have more hooks than a tackle box.' - Daily Freeman 'Pop with it's edgily tense cortege of suspense straining strings.' - Losing Today 'A feeling of loss and longing permeates the music; even songs that may sound happy on the surface are shot through with dark splinters and devastating insights.' - East Bay Express 'On a superficial level, the listener might assume this is an album brimming with morose lyrics, but the songs feel infectiously hopeful without being too sweet'. - Feminist Review 'For this third album to date, Levitt has assembled an impressively wide array of experience to produce a sound that fulfills all expectations that were provided by the potential of his first two albums.' - Obscure Sound Blog 'In the vein of a modern classic like Bright Eyes, Levitt's unrivaled pop sensibilities make for meticulously crafted songs on both ends of the emotional spectrum. This is definitely an album to own.' - Pop Wreckoning Blog 'There's a little Bowie in there, and some Elliott Smith, but who cares about comparisons? Setting Sun writes and plays great songs.' - New Times 'It kind of made me feel like I was 15 again and listening to a new Sub Pop band.' Impact Press 'Spacey, thoughtful, and -- dare I say it -- pretty.' - Space City Rock 'Setting Sun is good, and good for you.' - News Observer (NC) 'Maybe he's just an independent thinker who's onto something.' - Las Cruces Pulse 'The songs on this CD are like a never-ending treasure hunt. Each song evolves to some completely different end without losing it's original idea.' - Boise Weekly 'With his voice a biting whisper and guitar work that's quietly emphatic and shrewd as it picks it's way around the fretboard, Setting Sun's Gary Levitt has more than a little Elliott Smith in him. We're talking old Elliott Smith here, i.e., the sad, intimate and cloudy days of Roman Candle.' - Willamette Weekly (Portland)
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