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Fullest Hour

by Party of the Sun

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walkerpogue What a record. Its hard to capture that luminous lens flare sound and do it this well.
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K Hall This is a beautiful, delicate album and every song is equally delicious. My favourite tune? Can't pick right now, ask me next week....
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1.
Bottomless 04:00
Dusting off your entrance Shaking off the crutch that kept you down So funny how it happens Undoing all you fasten to yourself - We’re gonna catch you kid Ain’t gonna let you hit the bottom.q There’s no sense erasing The place you can’t escape when your alone So you decorate the hall, make an easy place to fall and rest your head We’re gonna catch you kid Ain’t gonna let you hit the bottom So now you’ve got to face it And now you’ve got to light the way again We’re gonna catch you kid Ain’t gonna let you hit the bottom
2.
Brassicas 02:33
Brassica windrow caught your eye Dusty road summer light Breathing in what has gone to seed Smell the wound watch it bleed Desert wind with nowhere to land Feels the reach of concrete hands - Even though I wanted it gone I can’t be free Burying all the idle talk Where you go when you’re lost - Even though I wanted it gone I can’t be free
3.
Trekker 01:48
4.
Idle Bend 04:06
The idle bend is part of you now And you’re learning how to move Inside it – Then you knew it was so much older Sweeping through the age the transparent way it unfolds What you wanted is part of you now And your chasing exits looking down - Then you knew it was so much older Sweeping through the age the transparent way it unfolds
5.
Ursidae 01:21
6.
Wasn’t much to see once you called it Wasn’t where I thought it would be Didn’t feel like making light of it back then Was it overlooked? was it worn Down by the rage of your kin? Didn’t ask for it, same as them - Was it worn down by the weight of age? In the storm you will find a way Was it always out of your hands? When it swept you down, when you ran Back to isle you build – Was it worn down by the weight of age? In the storm you will find a way
7.
Every Eye 03:02
Every light burns out That stolen tale Everyone is singing Every eye is looking down On that tolling bell That never stops ringing Every time you turn away It’s that dotted line Everyone is missing…
8.
On Its Own 03:17
She didn’t feel it while he was singing Must not have had the space to hear his song And he took it hard when he noticed she was leaving Must not have had the grace to write it off – Trying not to be swept he left his love alone And let it breath on its own… I didn’t notice it while I was running How could I have let it pass by? Tracing back to it might be the reason I never seem to catch it at the time – Trying not to be swept I left my love alone To let it breath on its own…
9.
Marcescence 00:32
10.
Highline 04:15
Undoing a thread binds you to it Till you make enough time Wishing it’d pass binds you to it Riding on the highline Throwing your hands binds you to them Till you shake the white line Losing your friends binds you to them Riding on the highline

about

Party of the Sun release their second album, Fullest Hour, available September 3rd on Digital Formats and Compact Disc via Trailing Twelve Records.

Trailing Twelve Records presents Fullest Hour: the second full-length album from New Hampshire-based outfit Party of the Sun set for release on September 3rd. A follow-up to their debut album Trekker and subsequent Goldenwood EP, Fullest Hour finds Party of the Sun merging climatic variations into musings on connectedness, nature, and fatherhood. The result is a delicate mingling of experimental Americana, psychedelic folk, and organic ambiance.

Since their inception, Party of the Sun has been a collaborative project led by songwriter Ethan McBrien and producer/multi-instrumentalist Rory Hurley. Throughout their discography, the duo has tapped various collaborators to add their textural expertise as needed. Party of the Sun’s current iteration welcomes drummer and percussionist Garrett Cameron.

With the majority of their previous albums written on a sheep farm, a close relationship with nature continues to be central to the band. Taking a new approach to writing, McBrien and Hurley penned the songs we hear on Fullest Hour while on long walks in the crisp evening air of New England’s autumnal months. The duo began recording the album in late 2020 with a minimalist vision of using primarily guitar, mandolin and woodblock. Additional tinkering led to the recruitment of Cameron and the expansion to full drums, various keyboards, banjo, and vibraphone.

Fullest Hour finds itself as a continuation of Party of the Sun’s organic sound, however more expansive, mature, and vulnerable. The sun-filled introduction of “Bottomless” sets shape to the fleeting and heartfelt tone throughout the album. You can hear an earnestness and care in McBrien’s voice, a soon-to-be father at the time of writing, as he sings “[we’re gonna catch you kid / ain’t gonna let you hit the bottom].” The adventurous and undulating “Brassicas” finds the band playing with texture and space to help illustrate the lyrical commentary on the intersection of nature and industry.

[Desert wind with nowhere to land / Feels the reach of concrete hands]

Ephemeral ambient interludes “Trekker,” “Ursidae,” and “Marcescence'' act as moments of meditation tying together the album’s overarching narrative of connectedness. Longer form entries such as “Idle Bend” and “Weight of Age” exemplify the trio’s ability to seamlessly maintain tone while seamlessly shifting tempo and time signatures. The album’s final moments take place within “Highline,” a dreamy and melancholy ballad on how we shape and are shaped by our surrounding conditions - how shedding the illusion of separateness is the work of being human.

In title, Fullest Hour is an allusion to the ephemeral beauty of nature. McBrien explains that “songs can be a lot like flowers in their hour of elegance.” There is an innate desire to make beauty last, to hold onto it, but perhaps impermanence is central to beauty. Fullest Hour distills the feeling of fleeting beauty into thirty minutes of wistful, emotional, and thought-provoking compositions.

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released September 3, 2021

Party of the Sun is:
Ethan McBrien – guitars, banjo, keyboards, vocals
Rory Hurley – guitars, keyboards, drums, bass, mandolin
Garrett Cameron – drums, vibraphone, percussion

Recorded at the base of Kidder Hill in Marlborough, New Hampshire
Mixed & Mastered by Rory Hurley

Artwork By Charlotte Holden
Press Photos by Ben Conant
Press Contact: trailingtwelve@gmail.com

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Party of the Sun is a psychedelic folk band from New Hampshire, comprised of Ethan McBrien, Rory Hurley, and Garrett Cameron.

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