Release Date: Mar 2, 2010
Record label: Mis Ojos
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of EPs: 1) Those, whether intended or not, that function as a unique short-form listening experience, and 2) Those that serve more as a clearinghouse for leftover material, covers, remixes, scattered ideas, and the like. That second type tend to be stopgaps and rewards for committed fans, and as such they tend to be the more forgettable of the two. (Though Grizzly Bear's Friend was a recent notable success.) Still, we can forgive a band like A Sunny Day in Glasgow for offering up something of a patchwork EP with Nitetime Rainbows.
Nitetime Rainbows—a companion EP to last year’s excellent Ashes Grammar LP—is a victory lap for the Philly dream-pop sextet. Since the release of Ashes Grammar, the band’s profile has gradually risen through a combination of year-end praise, extensive touring and glowing word of mouth. In my review Ashes Grammar , I was a bit premature in my judgment of the album as it turned out to be a textbook grower and one of my favorite albums of 2009.