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Suuns - 'Images Du Futur'

by ChristopherNosnibor
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on 04 March 2013 in Albums & EPs
Record Label Secretly Canadian
Rating 9/10

A raw, cavernously echoed guitar and squalls of feedback – half Jesus and Mary Chain, half Sonic Youth – careers from the speakers in the opening bars of ‘Powers of Ten’, heralding the launch of Suuns’ Images du Futur. Low-slung bass grooves that would be comfortable on any vaguely psych-hued or baggy-tinged indie release are given entirely different meanings when placed against swirling discord and Ben Shimie’s snarling Steve Albini-like vocals. Contrasts abound: the breezy surf tones of ‘Mirror Mirror’ are entwined with a trippier vibe and rent with blasts of feedback. ‘Edie’s Dream’ promises ‘a stark, skeletal boogie’, and delivers it, too, a slow-burning shimmer that meanders dreamily but feels anything but aimless. And herein lies the key to the album’s greatest achievement: simple songs are layered up until they’re much more than the sum of the parts – yet at the same time, they maintain their minimalism. And the band make it all sound so natural, so effortless. Imaginative, inventive and consistent, it’s an early contender for one of the albums of 2013.

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