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Suuns – Images du Futur

This is a band who I’ve heard mentioned numerous times and, being my usual lazy self, never got round to listening to them. While doing my weekly trawl for an album to review I discovered they had an album coming out and decided to give them a go. I tried to find out a bit more info on them, but that seems to be sparse. I can confirm they are Canadian. Either way, the album is excellent.

The album starts off with Powers of Ten. It’s a perfect example of how to pull off a great album introduction. It doesn’t just blast you in the face, but it isn’t too weak and disinteresting either. It subtly arrests your attention and keeps you listening to see where it will go next. It builds up, but it doesn’t do so in the usual slow, curvature way. Suuns have built up the track in a brick by brick style fashion, adding new layers right on the beginning of bars. Not sure about that damned cowbell though. I still think it should be discarded by bands, but admittedly, it doesn’t sound too bad here. At just under three minutes, the song does feel a bit short, but before you know it, you’re into 2020.

This track introduces itself with some chromatic rundowns on the guitar. Okay so far, but what starts as your average riff, suddenly gets a ton better. This all thanks to a pretty simplistic drumbeat which manages to enhance everything about the song. It becomes clear very quickly that Suuns have a lot of electro influences, especially in terms of their layered build ups, synths and drum beats. There’s a definite similarity with LCD Soundsystem in their sensibilities.

Minor Work is up next. It’s the most restrained track so far and as the album felt like it was building, it brings a slight sense of deflation. Nevertheless, it’s an excellent song. It feels like something that would soundtrack being driven through an empty city while feeling sleepy. Wow, that was a pretty pretentious description.

Mirror Mirror picks up the pace a bit. It’s a great little number, simplistic, but it gets you moving. I’d like to point out at this point that the drummer in the band is superb. He’s got a fantastic knack for knowing exactly what beat to create for the music around him. He brings the best out of everyone else with ease. He is certainly no glorified drum machine, something a lot of other bands are willing to settle for.

Suuns with a 6

Edie’s Dream is a nice, wonky track that goes well with its name. It sort of makes you want to nod your head, but from shoulder to shoulder rather than up and down. You also get a bit of a hint of The Stone Roses in here with some sparse and reverby vocals. The whole album really is top knotch. It’s not an album that paws at your attention continuously, it just carries on regardless knowing you won’t be able to resist getting sucked in.

Release date: 04/03/13

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