Boomkat Product Review:
Montreal’s Suuns are that rare type of contemporary band who don’t simply sound like a pastiche of bygone eras. Their 3rd album proper - if we discount last year’s head-turning collision with Jerusalem In My Heart - proves they remain porous to influence, and it’s evidently to their benefit.
Hold/Still is a fine product of their home city’s rock scene and exploratory nature, employing conventional instrumentation - drums, guitars, vocals - but also evidently weaving strongly influence from much farther afield; from the knackered house heart rates of Andy Stott and Demdike Stare’s gloomy, unyielding atmospheres, to the arpeggiated eccie blush of James Holden and Death Grips’ guttural wrench.
Recorded with John Congleton, who’s previously worked with St. Vincent, The War On Drugs, Sleater-Kinney (but thankfully sounding like none of them <<), Suuns have forged a sound that won’t instantly turn off heads tired with rock/pop cliche, and might well even turn them on to something beyond their usual diet.
Crucially, this record is stripped down enough that their spirit really shows, whether in the coruscating lurch of opener Fall, thru the serpentine sensuality of Instrument, to the sludgy, krauty pop drive of Resistance, and the ice-cool swagger of Mortise and Tenon, with a neat swerve into hypnotic Afro-beat/Krautrock clearly nodding to Can in Translate, and a muggy MDMA chugger, Careful.