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“Sounding at times like early Perfume Genius, L.A. band
Midnight Sister shows off a knack for blending orchestral
pop and psychedelia…” 

“Alluring and wonderfully timeless.” Gorilla vs. Bear

Midnight Sister are pleased to announce their debut album, Saturn Over Sunset, out Friday September 8 on Jagjaguwar via Inertia Music. Along with the announcement, they’re sharing the official video for their new single, “Blue Cigar”. Curious smoke curls across your face as some terrifying, glamorous woman whisper-sings into your ear over jumpy keys and squawking, oddly charming horns. You can’t quite remember how you ended up here with these questionable characters. But you can’t get out of the booth, not now. It’s too late for you, I’m afraid.

Midnight Sister — the project of intense creatives Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian — is brought to you by the isolating landscape of the San Fernando Valley in LA — its colours, its diners, its lunatics, its neon lights. Both lifelong residents of this storied valley, Giraffe and Balouzian have only become more inspired by the area’s mythology over the years, it’s two-faced magical wonderland and tragic circus. And Saturn Over Sunset works almost as an album version of Robert Altman’s Short Cuts, each song a character study of the valley’s odd personae.

Giraffe, 23, a daughter of an LA disc jockey, was raised almost exclusively on disco and Bowie. Her lyrics and lyrical melodies, informed very much by her filmmaking background, were composed gazing out from a tiny retail window on Sunset Boulevard. Her Rear Window-like longing allowed her imagination to run wild and cook up the wild narratives that would fill Balouzian’s compositions. Balouzian, 27, classically trained and already a go-to arranger for odd-pop names like Tobias Jesso Jr. and Alex Izenberg. Midnight Sister represents a first for both of them. It’s Giraffe’s first time writing and performing music. And it’s Balouzian’s first foray into playing true pop music.

Saturn Over Sunset is a shared musical vision of Hollywood’s oddest corners. It is the baroque, eldritch alley you must pass through to find the speakeasy night of your life. You’ll come out bleary-eyed and the sunrise will be pouring all pink and orange through the smog and palm trees.

Midnight Sister
Saturn Over Sunset

1. Canary
2. Leave You
3. Blue Cigar
4. Showgirl
5. The Drought
6. The Crow
7. Daddy Long Legs
8. Neon
9. Shimmy
10. So Young
11. The View From Gilligan’s Island
12. Hitman
13. Clown
14. Their Eyes

Saturn Over Sunset by Midnight Sister is out Friday September 8
on Jagjaguwar via Inertia Music
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