MIDNIGHT SISTER: SATURN OVER SUNSET

September 8th, 2017 | Album reviews

MIDNIGHT SISTER
Saturn Over Sunset
Jagjaguwar

Midnight Sister’s new full-length album, Saturn Over Sunset, is a playful and interesting album by San Fernando Valley duo of Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzia, who take their inspiration from the neon lights, late night diners and eccentric wanderers along Sunset Boulevard. The first standout is “Leave You,” a dizzying psychedelic track that makes the perfect soundscape for leaving a bar at last call on Friday night and watching the lights and city shapes flit by outside the passenger window. “Blue Cigar” is an insanely catchy dance track that could be the theme to an artsy sitcom, while most of the album invokes dreamy images of circus sideshows and smoky speakeasies. Some tracks—like “So Young” and “Clown—are a bit more sparse and intimate, and the soft gentle waltz of “The Drought” delivers a refreshingly cinematic moment. Collectively, Saturn is colorful and creative and full of amusing twists. (Midnight Sister’s music videos display the same magical and bizarre kind of humor—watch the “Blue Cigar” video for ballerinas, clowns, and dancing sombreros.) Altogether, Midnight Sister celebrate both the beautiful and the strange.

—Geneva Trelease

MIDNIGHT SISTER’S SATURN OVER SUNSET IS OUT FRI., SEPT. 8, ON JAGJAGUWAR.