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Album Review: Suuns – The Witness

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Album Review: Suuns - The Witness

A mystical compilation of electronics

Sometimes a change in sound is what you need to change your musical style. Montreal band Suuns did just that many years ago when the members were trying to create musical beats. They created a sound unlike anything that had been done in the past with their two songs, “Bambi” and “Red Song”. Their music evolved into what it is today, with their new full album, The witness.

The witness is compiled with fluid electronic rhythms coupled with sultry vocals. It’s a short experience, the whole album is about 38 minutes long. The vibrations advance as the album progresses, creating a sound that plunges the listener deeper into its mystery. It almost looks like a weird but heartwarming spiral. The album combines quirks like sounds of nature, cicadas, synth and electronics.

The album opens with “Third Stream”, which introduces the listener to the gentle hum of summer cicadas, accompanied by a creeping bass beat. It transforms quickly with the introduction of more sounds, a long, deep horn, and self-tuned electronic voice work. The album’s second track and single, “Witness Protection”, is a funky electronic tune that sounds somewhere between slow motion and uplifting. The lyrics “wipe the dust from your eyes” are played before leading to the end of the song, slow and deep, with a coherent rhythm.

“Timebender” mixes electric rhythms and vocals with the sounds of nature. The twinkling sound of the bird’s tweets brings the song together into a sweet track. It begins playfully with the crackle of a distant electronic beat. There is something ethereal about the trail, dripping with morning dew and the feeling of the fresh air of six in the morning, just before the day really begins.

The album ends with two long songs: “Go To My Head” and “The Trilogy”. “Go To My Head” features enlightened rumbling vocals over a scintillating but deep backing track. It almost sounds confusing, and yet each distinct sound finds a way to complement the other. The light sparkles with the deep and distorted opening vocals create an eclectic mix. “Trilogy” has a rippling rhythm, creating a sound that comes in and out with a melancholy echoing voice. The dulcet rhythm is played until percussion arrives towards the end, lifting the sound slightly. It ends exactly as the album began – with the nostalgic sound of cicadas buzzing through the night, fading into nothingness.

Suuns has created an album that is, without a doubt, a distinct musical singularity. Electronic rhythms, soothing nature sounds, self-tuned voices and muffled whispers make The witness bizarre but bewitching.


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