Suuns preview upcoming album with new single ‘Make It Real’

After sharing ‘Watch You, Watch Me’, Suuns are giving us another excellent reason to be excited for their upcoming album, Felt, with its second single, ‘Make It Real’. “Here, we’re all playing in ways that are counter-intuitive for us as a band, organic drums, major keys, but as long as it works, we’ll take it,” explained the quartet’s drummer Liam O’Neill. “It used to have a chorus too, but we thought it would be more interesting to have this song be almost entirely linear – an asymmetrical progression that grows upwards and then repeats. The infinity feeling.”

‘Make It Real’ comes with a video directed by Sabrina Ratté, who had this to say about it:

“When I first listened to ‘Make it Real,’ I immediately visualized pop and colorful imageries. I revisited Superstudio and Archigram’s utopian architecture, which became my main inspiration for this video. This project was also the opportunity to experiment further with some of my personal techniques where I map photographs (or in this case video of the band) onto 3D structures. I’ve worked with Suuns on a previous music video about five years ago, and did many visuals for them in live settings.”

Watch the video below and watch out for the release of Felt on March 2nd through Secretly Canadian.

In support of the new album, and following a few shows in Canada and in the US at Big Ears right after the release of Felt, Suuns are returning to Europe in late March for several live shows including at London’s Scala on April 5th. Check all their stops here.

Suuns set to release fourth album, Felt, in March

Suuns have announced the follow-up to Hold/Still, which was one of our 15 Picks of 2016. Entitled Felt, the quartet’s new album arrives on March 2nd through Secretly Canadian and just like their previous record, it was produced by John Congleton. More playful and brighter, Felt “is not as clinical”, said singer/guitarist Ben Shemie. “There’s more swagger”.

The vibrant album cover seems to mirror the fresh vividness in the band’s sounds. Shemie explains:

“I was at a barbecue last summer and there were balloons everywhere. I love this idea of compression, like something might pop. So, I had this image of a hand touching a balloon, a bubble gummy kind of vibe. But the challenge was how to depict that in an interesting way. If it’s a real hand it’s too sexual; there’s too much symbolism. So, we made plaster casts of our hands, like statues, and chose the best one. Joseph came up with the color scheme, the sickly green background, and shot the whole cover in an hour.”

Ahead of Felt‘s release, Suuns are teasing it with ‘Watch You, Watch Me’, and it comes with an accompanying video directed by Ruff Mercy.

Suuns share new video for ‘Instrument’

Suuns - InstrumentSuuns released their excellent third album, Hold/Still, earlier this year and they dropped three singles, ‘Translate’, ‘Paralyzer’ and ‘Brainwash‘, all paired with a visual accompaniment part of a triptych of videos. Now, the Montreal based quartet has unveiled a new video for ‘Instrument’, also off Hold/Still, directed by Italian photographer Pamela Maddaleno. Watch it below.

Since releasing Hold/Still in April, Suuns have been touring relentlessly in both Europe and North America, and they aren’t looking to slow down just yet. Suuns have a ton of dates lined up throughout the summer in a multitude of European festivals, and several more dates confirmed for Autumn.

Hold/Still is out now via Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian in the rest of the world.

Suuns close video trilogy with interactive video for ‘Brainwash’, new album out this week

Suuns - BrainwashWe’re a mere two days away from the release of Suuns‘ third album, Hold/Still. The quartet’s previously shared singles, ‘Translate’ and ‘Paralyzer’, have both been offered with videos, directed by Charles-André Coderre and part of a triptych of videos. Suuns have closed the trilogy, with the third and final instalment now available to stream and even play with. The album’s excellent ‘Brainwash’ has been paired with an interactive Virtual Reality video, programmed by Jake Clover. You can watch the video below, directed by the band’s own Max Henry, and make sure you download the app for the full VR experience.

Hold/Still is out this Friday through Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian in the rest of the world.

Mixtape #71

We’re big fans of Suuns, the Montreal based quartet of Ben Shemie, Max Henry, Joe Yarmush and Liam O'Neill. Over the last decade they have released two excellent albums and a collaborative one with Jerusalem In My Heart which made it to our Album Picks of 2015. The band's entrancing, eerie and pulsating sound incorporates a multitude of elements and genres, from psychedelic and post-punk, to art-rock, electronic and krautrock. With their third album, Hold/Still, due mid-April, we've been itching with anticipation. So we asked the band to put together this month's mixtape, and Joe sent us this treat. Dig in.