As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2016.
Suuns 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.
We’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.
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.
As if we weren’t excited enough about Suuns‘ upcoming third album, Hold/Still, and following their excellent and driving first single ‘Translate’, the Montreal quartet have teased the album again. ‘Paralyzer’ is the second spectacular single to be let loose, and it comes with an accompanying video directed by Charles-André Coderre. The video is also the second to emerge from a trilogy of videos, with the third and final instalment set to drop ahead of the album’s release. What’s more, ‘Paralyzer’ has also been given the remix treatment by VRIL. Check out the video and the remix below and watch out for the release of Hold/Still on April 15th through Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian in the rest of the world.
Three years after their last album, and following last year’s collaborative album with Jerusalem in My Heart which was one of our 15 Picks of the Year, Suuns are back with their third album, Hold/Still. The Montreal quartet recorded the album in Dallas, Texas over the course of three weeks with John Congleton on production duties. Played as a suite of music, Hold/Still has no overdubbing with Congleton driving them to capture perfect live takes, as the press release explains.
Suuns are giving us the first taste of the album with the excellent and driving first single ‘Translate’. In the works for years and one of the last songs to be finished, it mirrors well the sound of the album – “the sound of a band working in mental lockstep, crafting guitar music that feels unbeholden to clear traditions or genre brackets”. ‘Translate’ comes with a video shot by longtime collaborator Charles-André Coderre, who’s also one half of Jerusalem In My Heart. This is the first of a trilogy of videos for the album, with the other two instalments set to emerge ahead of the album release on April 15th through Secret City in Canada and Secretly Canadian in the rest of the world. Coderre had this to say about the video:
“’Translate’, the first music video of a triptych series, is an incandescent vision. It was shot with thermal imagery. The concept was simple: film the band in their rehearsal space and transfigure the footage into something unusual and gorgeous. We experimented the different meanings of the word “translate” and explored a new film language by shooting what the human eye can’t see”.
Here’s the video.
To celebrate the album release, Suuns will embark on a world tour kicking off on March 13th at the Tremor Festival in the Azores Island, Portugal and including a London show at the ICA on May 24th.