Suuns have been rolling out several versions of ‘2020’ as part of their remix project, which saw them invite other musicians they admire to remix the song lifted from their 2013 album Images Du Futur. Following the first two instalments, the Montreal based quartet have just shared the third and final one, featuring re-workings from Brazilian singer-songwriter Sessa; Montréal-Beirut contemporary Arabic audio-visual duo Jerusalem In My Heart; Brooklyn-based dream-pop project Sound of Ceres; New York saxophonist, drummer, synthesizer player and composer Brahja Waldman, and footwork pioneer RP Boo. All the remixes are avilable digitally on Bandcamp on a Pay What You Can basis, with all proceeds going to the NAACP. Here´s the electrifying version of ‘2020’ reworked by Brahja Waldman.
Last month Suuns unveiled a remix project that saw them invite other musicians they admire to remix ‘2020’, lifted from their 2013 album Images Du Futur. The Montreal based quartet are releasing these remixes digitally on Bandcamp on a Pay What You Can basis, with all proceeds going to the NAACP. Sharing the project in instalments, the first one featured remixes from Kelman Duran; Vive La Void; Greg Saunier; KRAMER, and Brian Case.
Now they have unveiled five new versions of ‘2020’ remixed by Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon; Chicago-based clarinetist, vocalist and composer Angel Bat Dawid; ethereal experimental artist Julianna Barwick; drummer Kristopher Bowering, and Los Angeles songwriter and multi-instrumentalist SASAMI. Take a listen to Cate Le Bon’s remix below and head over to bandcamp to hear the other remixes.
A longtime favourite of ours, Suuns boast excellent musicianship reflected and augmented on live shows. The Montreal based quartet have to date released four excellent albums, including one of our Album Picks of 2016, and a collaborative one with Jerusalem In My Heart which made it to our Album Picks of 2015. Suuns’ second album, Images Du Futur, released in 2013, featured a song called ‘2020’, which according to them, “was a prediction that in the year 2020 we would discover alien life.” The band have further stated:
“Today, living in 2020, the idea of discovering life outside our planet, as huge and as awe-inspiring as that would be, seems almost quaint. There is a sentiment that if we were to discover other life, then it would somehow unify humanity. Witnessing the disparities in our own backyard begs the question as to what we would be unifying around.
This year has not been about looking into outer space, but rather, looking into oneself. This year has further underscored to us the enormous privilege that we enjoy as a band of four white guys—the freedom we enjoy touring around the world with relative ease and security, in stark contrast to the way some of our neighbors live day in and day out, just a few doors down the street. This year, having your head in the stars isn’t going to cut it.
Like it or not, in the future, ‘2020’ will be the song that people remember Suuns by. And the year 2020 will be the year that we didn’t discover aliens, but instead discovered another part of our humanity.”
Suuns have invited other musicians they admire to remix ‘2020’, and will release these digitally on Bandcamp over the next few weeks on a Pay What You Can basis, with all proceeds going to the NAACP. A first instalment has been unveiled and features stellar remix contributions from producer and multidisciplinary artist Kelman Duran; Vive La Void, the solo project of Sanae Yamada (co-founder and keyboard player of Moon Duo); Deerhoof’s drummer and composer Greg Saunier; post-punk musician, producer and Shimmy Disc founder KRAMER, and singer/guitarist Brian Case of FACS and Disappears. For a taste of what’s on offer, here’s the first remix to enjoy, courtesy of Kelman Duran.
With four excellent albums under their belt, including one of our Album Picks of 2016, Suuns have been touring relentlessly in both Europe and North America in recent years. After a tour earlier this year coinciding with the release of their fourth album Felt, the quartet are back on the road, playing several dates in European cities, including a show in Porto at Maus Hábitos on October 30th.
A new tour calls for celebration and Suuns have shared a new video for ‘X-ALT’ made by Montreal-based director Laura Gonçalves. She comments on it:
“X-ALT is like the amusement & attraction of movement, speed and intensity. The effects were created by plastic and analog processes, establishing paradoxes between the park and the dance group footage. What we see are the raw results of the captures, no post-production effects were applied. The video evolves organically and uncontrollably into specular and datamoshing devices. Electronic clouds and multicolored echoes consume and burn on the musical ride.”
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 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.