"[The Sunset Park] is so finely drawn that is like a screenplay for your mind … an Australian classic. You must hear it."
– Noel Mengel, Courier-Mail, Brisbane
"The Aerial Maps are surely headed for that esteemed space occupied by Australia’s finest – those whose music is Australia."
–Justin Grey,Drum Media, Sydney
"The Aerial Maps are poised to become one of the most valuable bands in the country, illuminating a dark and mysterious Australian gothic in song."
– Tony McMahon Inpress Magazine Melbourne
"There's an incredible boldness to the Aerial Maps. Literally traveling from one side of the country to the other, The Sunset Park surveys an Australia neglected by so many bands."
–Doug Wallen, Mess & Noise
"There is no other Aussie act quite like The Aerial Maps. This should be a stage show"
– Jeff Jenkins, MAG
"This reminds me of films by David Caesar (Mullet, Prime Mover); vernacular widescreen Australia with no gloss, a sense of melancholy, a road well-travelled."
– Chris Johnston, The Age
"Adam Gibson writes from the heart, from the street, about the place that moves him most. Ripper real words that are well worth checking out."
– Peter Garrett
"Adam Gibson looks let to join the ranks of fine Australian musical storytellers such as Paul Kelly and Mick Thomas"
Two years and many hundreds of kilometres in the making, The Sunset Park is the new album from Australian band The Aerial Maps. The follow-up to the band's acclaimed debut album In the Blinding Sunlight, The Sunset Park is the sound of a band forging a new path, taking little heed of convention and diving headlong into an idiosyncratic and adventurous space.
Moving on from the simplicity of what made their first album appeal to so many and expanding on that template in an unexpected fashion, The Aerial Maps have virtually formed their own genre. Led by the vocals and lyrics of Adam Gibson with Simon Holmes and Sean Kennedy as the core creative nucleus, the Aerial Maps have transformed from a band lauded for their fond folky take on life in Australia to an outfit exploring the darker reaches of the country's psyche, the often desperate lives lived beneath the hot sun and on the edges of the wide open roads through narrative and song.
The Sunset Park is an album which spans the breadth of Australia in its content and takes the listener on a journey in a fashion unlike any other Australian (or otherwise) release we can think of. A song cycle that begins in Western Australia and ends in Queensland, it is an ambitious record, one that takes a widescreen view of the country and hums with the distance and rawness of both the land and its people. In the writing of the album, vocalist/lyricist Adam Gibson undertook a long solo journey from the west coast of Australia to the east coast, soaking up the towns, the people and the landscape along the way – the result being a record that has a palpable sense of place.