Wednesday, April 10th, we have a show that I can’t quite remember being hyped like this in a long while.
Suuns (pronounced soons) has released all kinds of stuff into the web, including a stream of their newest album on CBC Music’s website, which had listeners beyond psyched for their upcoming Phog show.
“The gentle psychedelia of Suuns is perfectly suited to the placid, unsettling visions that vocalist Ben Shemie is singing about here. “These same visions,” he moans repeatedly, invoking a relatable melancholy. “Takes years for things to change.” The band is from Montreal, but this song sounds as if it could have found a place on this year’s San Francisco psych-rock collection In a Cloud II, mediating between simple guitar rock and a more experimental sound.
The latter’s present in the shuddering bass that emerges about halfway through the song, eventually leading into a plaintive, proggy guitar bridge. The addition of more guitar textures suits the formerly synthy Sunns: Shemie’s meandering voice is better suited to navigating organic sound. Here he sounds a lot like Damon McMahon of Amen Dunes, another singer who consistently sounds as if he’s trying to escape from a heavy sleep while still haunted by the shadows of his dreams.”
Joining them will be a band that could headline a show at Phog FOR FUN…and have been on a Phog wishlist for a long time. We’re a little shocked to see this line-up, as we’ve had calls from Michigan from UBER-Darcys-fans who are coming to catch a glimpse of the Toronto quartet.
“Between the assiduous detail of the instrumental arrangements and the nuanced emotive power of the melodies, the Darcys bring a level of vision and maturity to their sophomore effort that is breathtaking…And the almost symphonic grandeur the Toronto quartet and producer Murray Lightburn bring to the songs, from the dense skirl of guitars driving Edmonton to Purgatory to the solemn, multitracked chorale adorning When I am New Again, is downright stunning.” – The Globe & Mail/J.D. Considine