Suuns, Land of Talk

Saturday, October 16, at The Nightmare

Suuns hail from Montreal, but the starched, pensive sound the quartet showcases on debut EP Zeroes QC—pinched synthesizers, metronomic drumbeats, electronic textures, gristly yet mannered guitar pyrotechnics—feels distinctly cosmopolitan, an unlikely composite of influences that succeeds despite its obviousness. Think Radiohead cross-pollinated with Walking With Thee-era Clinic and vintage Krautrock.

While singer/guitarist Ben Shemie, guitarist/bassist Joe Yarmush, drummer Liam O'Neill and keyboardist Max Henry hold a strong melodic hand, they refuse to place all their cards on the table at once, instead feeding out conceptual strips and streamers that focus the attention more than a compositional full-court press might. There's a nocturnal intimacy and honesty to Suuns' bleak pulsations. The band gives voice and shape to the magical desperation so common to the twilight hours, when emotions seem, impossibly, capable of making anything happen.

 
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