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Sun on the square

“…otherworldly and entwined, enchanting and gripping. Fragile and idiosyncratic masterpieces like "Records From Your Room", which sits somewhere between Vashti Bunyan, Leonard Cohen and Nico, "Look Out From Your Window" which is reminiscent of Victoria Williams' and Rickie Lee Jones' harmonies and - like a deadly wound - "Light Of Winter" with its orchestral ornaments can be found nowhere else currently.” Max Gosche / Rolling Stone

“Sun on the Square is right up there with their very best. The songs (and particularly the lyrics) are reflective and substantial. And this time around they've really outdone themselves with the arrangements.” BabySue

“quintessentially Innocence Mission, with arrangements that crown these songs like flowering garlands” Lars Gotrich NPR

“The music is spellbindingly intricate, bursting with subtlety, yet spacious and vast, allowing the listener to drift and float into magical expanses of luscious scenery. Sun On The Square is a majestic album, and continues to explain why The Innocence Mission are so much more than just a band to many.” Secret Meeting

“I think someone who never heard the innocence mission before could start with sun on the square and become enraptured…it stands up with their best albums” Ann Powers, Robin Hilton / NPR

“A beautiful and timeless album… It hunts out the curious minutiae of being alive, saves them and makes them spectacular. ” Loud & Quiet – 9/10

“Exquisite… Evoking Bookends–era Simon & Garfunkel and Vashti Bunyan, Karen Peris’s voice is an instrument of tender fragility.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Exquisitely fragile… The innocence mission find strength in subtlety and sensitivity.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“They do delicate late 1960s / early 1970s folk–rock as well as anyone, and offer a message of hope in dark times.” London Sunday Times

Karen Peris' gift for melodic subtlety manifests itself on a number of highlights like "Green Bus" and the more expansive "Shadow of the Pines," two songs that dance nimbly between the dark and light places where emotions are most vulnerable. Poignant and poetic, she builds evocative vignettes out of seemingly simple scenes, describing with surprising richness the movements of her brother in the dusty afternoon light of the title song. The arrangements on these ten tracks are somewhat denser and more intricate than on the band's previous few outings, relying on rich string arrangements, horns, reverberating piano thrums and even a handful of clamorous drums - All Music Guide

“Disarmingly delicate folk–pop… Refreshingly otherworldly.” Uncut

"The album starts off lovely and never lets up...a hand-crafted work of art." Paste

Paste Studio Session (performance)

Telerama - France

Echoes -

The title track may be one of the group’s most quietly devastating songs; its lyrics speak of resilience and hope, but the addition of each new instrument introduces turbulence and melancholy. Sun on the Square is a fragile, gorgeous record, one that is as carefully plotted as it is deeply affecting. - Bandcamp Seven Essential Releases

“The album’s ethereal sadness is beautifully crafted and there’s not a note out of place amid gently fingerpicked guitars, sparingly used piano, and swirling viola and violin.” Rock’n’Reel – 4 Stars ****

“Glintingly beautiful intimacy and wonder from Pennsylvanian quiet folk trio.” Q – 4 Stars ****

“Simply gorgeous… A stunning collection of beautifully vulnerable folk songs.” London In Stereo

“Karen Peris’ enchanting voice stars on this bucolic folky treasure adorned with affecting violin, viola and nylon–strung guitar.” Long Live Vinyl

Sun On The Square is nothing short of stunning.” Thank Folk for That

“The Innocence Mission haven’t failed to overload my periphery with my anecdotes, aptly tinged with all the overlays and colour corrections one could want on their favourite memories. A continuously rolling camera of sorts.” Sputnik Music

“The delicacy of Karen Peris’ vocals and imagery are renewed on 10 new songs, on which ‘Green Bus’ sets the mood with its beautiful, rippling acoustic guitar and aching strings.” PROG

“the group has unveiled yet another of their beautiful releases and it’s one existing fans as well as new musical recruits will savor.” The Big Takeover

“I love the album in all its integrity and hope for the future.” The Progressive Aspect

“…like a rare entity stuck in amber, unspoilt by the outside world’s increasingly ugly predicament.” Drowned in Sound

“…an amazing independent orchestral folk trio” Jersey Beat

“Shadow of the Pines is like stepping out of the Metro in Paris on a spring afternoon” Words on the Word

SongFacts interview