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Suuns 4/23/13 + Video

Suuns 4/23/13
Written by Matt Stuttler
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  • Date Recorded: April 23, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Suuns
  • Hosting Show: The Smoking Lounge
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg

Sneaking around the depths of art-damaged noise ballads, but surfacing just enough to produce tight indie rock, Suuns drifts between pop and atmosphere.

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Suuns -- hailing from the mild-to-bitter-cold land of Montreal, Canada -- evokes the feeling of shifting weather patterns. Stormy and at the brink of explosion at one point while contrasting with chilled-out dream-like vocals, this collection of songs is a tempest of emotion. With previous touring experience with the Black Angels and We Are Wolves, Suuns have proved that creating an ambiance can be just as crushing as the psychedelic bashings of their tour mates.

For this session, Suuns chose to perform three songs from their most recent, sophomore effort, "Images du Futur." This stream of songs -- "Holocene City" bleeding into "Mirror Mirror," then "Edie's Dream" -- show the real heart of the band, pumping out tension-filled, dark pop tunes.

In "Holocene City," the band sways between almost discordant wisps of guitar effects and ethereal calls from vocalist Ben Shemie before crashing down with an extended frayed electronics jam into "Mirror Mirror."

"Mirror Mirror" crawls with a thick droning guitar in the lead before cascading into a cacophony of electrical twirling. Session closer "Edie's Dream" stutters with an off-kilter rhythm, furthering the feeling that as Shemie sings "I have a dream/do you know what I mean/these same visions," he is trapped in the fishbowl of his own sleepy imaginings. The song drips with calculated sterility, as if each member recorded their parts years and miles apart from one another. This distance, instead of hindering the presence of "Edie's Dream," makes it move as a vapor. Gathering the bits of moody bass, thinly-picked guitar and unconscious vocal musings, Suuns' sound is rained down from one meticulously collected cloud.

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