The Sunset Park is an album and intended corresponding performance, visual and textural project created by Sydney band The Aerial Maps. Devised, written and recorded in the period since the release of the band’s first album, In the Blinding Sunlight, in 2008, The Sunset Park is envisaged as an immersive experience, with a number of cross-referenced components. This blog is intended as an initial “key entry point” for the whole thing, containing the text of the lyrics of the album, associated images, background writing (to come later) and information and other stuff deemed relevant – including details of activities surrounding the launch of the album, associated singles and basically anything related we can think of.
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The Sunset Park is a story told through the course of an album, a “song cycle” if you like, involving four main characters – Brianne Sullivan, 19, her best friend Kristy Bennett, 24, Brianne’s ex-boyfriend Scotty Bennett (who is also Kristy’s brother), 27, and an ex Vietnam veteran named Kevin Pearce, 63.
Beginning in the city of Fremantle in Western Australia and subsequently taking in the wide, dry, hot, often apparently endless distance of Australia in a trans-continental journey which eventually ends up in something of Australia’s version of “the promised land” – the Gold Coast on the border of Northern NSW and Queensland – the story is about a quest for escape, a tale of seeking salvation in the open road, about how rough justice is often the only thing that some people can understand and ultimately about how forgiveness can be found in ways that might not necessarily be found in any bible.
Ultimately, it’s fiction … but that doesn’t mean these people don’t exist and that this story didn’t happen…
Don’t walk, you can always run