New Suuns music! Felt was self-recorded in Montreal over a good long period of time, allowing the band to really feel their way around their sounds. Felt is perhaps a little less tight and claustrophobic than some of the band’s past work, and with extra doses of experimental electronics. Mixed by John Congleton, released on Secretly Canadian.
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Suuns experiments rarely feel like they’re being intimated for their listener. Low-key and unbalancing, their tunes rumble with a tense energy that never so much communicates as it does talk back to itself. On the opener to new record ‘Felt’, the Canadian crew seem to actively point that out -- samples of loud, chiming bells usher the song of otherwise disturbing utterances and flatlining riffs in and out, suggesting something more related to the human condition is happening just out of the window.
This kind of anomalous indifference has made their records disturbingly captivating through the years, and here it does not change: they make rotations through recognisable emotions and then strip them of what we recognise. The techno bleat of “X-Alt” is combined with estranging autotune, off-kilter riffs and sax skronk, stitching together and restructuring with little fanfare. “Watch You, Watch Me” is the weirdest take on psychedelia I’ve heard in a while, it’s propulsive drumming meeting meandering vocoder warps that suggest a new, conversational way of making the simplest pop tune. As always, the experiments feel kinda all over the place -- their pace and approach is their own.
It’s loose and bizzare; the band strips apart the thematic material of ‘Hold/Still’ and makes eleven songs for eleven possible worlds. “Control” might even be a few in one, starting as a lowkey ballad with flecks of James Blake, nauseating siren sounds and song-breaking vocal samples. It feels like their attempt at making a love song and then testing it against the world outside. By aiming towards nothing in particular, by invoking the existence of pop music, and by just seeing where things go, Suuns have made maybe their weirdest record. 'Amnesiac' just got weird.
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