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Fiction EP

    Recommended If You Like: A Place to Bury Strangers, Clinic, Exploded View, Jerusalem In My Heart, Lightning Dust, Portishead, Frank Zappa. Featuring performances by Jerusalem In My Heart, Amber Webber (Lightning Dust, Black Mountain). SUUNS are future-oriented. New sounds, new techniques, new ways of thinking; above all, new environments are the lifeblood of the band. Whether in a sweltering studio in Dallas with John Congelton, self-recording in Montreal's storied Breakglass Studio, or playing acoustic instruments at Hotel 2 Tango, the group's environment has always had an indelible impact on the sound of whatever future SUUNS are imagining at the time. And true to form, here on FICTION EP, SUUNS are exploring fresh processes as a result of their current surroundings and global circumstances. On FICTION, new sounds and sonic directions are fashioned out of old. A year-long period of limited resources and contact inspired the band to reflect on the various environments in which they've created music over the years: to comb through their previous sounds and creative approaches, and fuse them together with new ideas, ultimately producing a sort of future/past alchemy. FICTION EP is as much a project of curation as it is one of creation: sifting, re-imagining, and re-framing, sometimes completely disassembling and then building from the ground up. Each song is a live-off-the-floor recording that was then taken into isolation and re-worked. But as much as FICTION EP is a project born of introspection and reflection, it's equally one for which SUUNS sought inspiration from outside. Longtime friend of the band Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart), bringing relentless claps and buzuks, leads SUUNS through BREATHE, while Amber Webber (Lightning Dust) sings a mournful siren song on the penultimate track, DEATH. Finally, the ghost of Frank Zappa lends the band his fervent societal diagnosis, as relevant today as it ever was, on TROUBLE EVERY DAY, the EP's black North Star. Zappa's darkly prophetic message, repurposed from 1966 to meet our moment, is an apt referent. These dualities -- confluences of past and future, of introspection and influence -- are what defines FICTION EP. Produced from old remnants, it is entirely new; done in relative isolation, and is also something of a live album. The songs have been meticulously reworked, and yet the entire collection feels deployed with hardly any reflection, done in one breath. It's the sound of SUUNS regrouping, and then poised, and then driving towards the future. 

    FORMAT INFORMATION

    Ltd 12" Info: White Vinyl 12" EP with download code.

    Ltd 12" includes MP3 Download Code.

    Montreal’s Suuns spent the winter and spring of 2012 writing and recording ‘Images Du Futur’. Their sessions were concurrent with the Quebec student protests that started in February of 2012 and continued through September of this year. Set against a backdrop lead singer Ben Shemie calls “a climate of excitement, hope and frustration,” Suuns aimed for an expansion of the musical ideas on their critically acclaimed first record, ‘Zeroes, QC’.

    ‘Images Du Futur’ builds upon the intensity of their debut, but often does so through new textures and subtler dynamic manoeuvring. Album standout ‘Edie’s Dream’ begins with a single bassline repeated from which layers build and rise - first drums, then a wash of white noise; echoes of guitar, then chanted vocals. The song’s clever shifts are jazz-touched and delicate, almost subliminal. It all makes for a stark, skeletal boogie - more an astral projection than a song. ‘Edie’s Dream’ exemplifies the restraint of which Suuns is capable and works to make the unhinged moments all the more devastating.

    Lauded by Pitchfork and NME - the former saying “few bands this young are operating on quite this scale, and fewer still have the brass - and the patience - to pull off a big, glitzy, complex record like ‘Zeroes, QC’”, and the latter declaring them 2011’s Best New Band - Suuns have deepened their approach, using minimalist techniques to create maximalist works.

    Produced once again by Jace Lasek from Besnard Lakes. Shemie says of the process, “As a band we were trying to look at our music from further and further away, seeing more details in the picture as we expanded the landscape.”

    STAFF COMMENTS

    says: The sophomore release from Suuns builds on their excellent debut with a restrained and minimal intensity that threatens to boil over with washes of unhinged noise, but rarely does. A brooding classic!


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