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SUUNS Announce New Album “The Witness” due September 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings + Share New Single/Video “Witness Protection”

June 11, 2021
Photo credit: Will Lew 


Announce new album ‘The Witness’ due Sept 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings 
Share lead single/video “Witness Protection”

UK tour dates this October 

Montreal band SUUNS – comprised of Ben Shemie, Joe Yarmush, and Liam O’Neill – announce their new album and Joyful Noise Recordings debut, The Witness, out September 3rd, and share the lead single/video, Witness Protection“. The band have also scheduled a European tour for October this year, with UK shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester. 

The Witness marks a shrewdly offbeat left turn, and shows SUUNS in their most comfortable, candid state. Self-recorded and self-produced over the majority of 2020, a year of strife, solitude and reflection, The Witness finds the band holding a magnifying glass over their own default state of playing and performing. It’s a swift departure from previous album Felt, and exults in harvesting haphazard ideas in their embryonic, demoed versions, as if letting loose a glorious fireworks display into the heavens.

With the departure of Max Henry as a full time member in 2018 and Shemie now living an ocean apart in Paris, a fresh challenge manifested for the trio to find each other again, both socially and creatively. More than any other SUUNS record, The Witness employs a jazz mentality of designing a continuous vibe over the notion of separate chapters. There’s a level of relaxation, of accepting the band’s primal instincts, and a concentrated attempt to maximize and revise said instincts. Yarmush elaborates: “It was a conscious decision to make the album sound like one song. We wanted to calm down a bit, even during the mixing process: our notes were simply ‘you have to settle down’. I couldn’t technically explain what I meant by that, but the songs needed to settle down. We were basically trying to hold back all the bombastic tendencies and make things sound very subtle.”

Lead single Witness Protection,” which Max Henry worked on in his new role as studio collaborator, pulses with a simple, bright beat, and fuzz-tinged vocals: “There’s a hole in the sky // It’s all over the news // Im looking through a lens, reflection never // ends through a broken mirror // Call in the witness // To take a stand.” In the accompanying video, directed by Antoine Dasseville, a person is watching a television that flickers with destructive scenes. As it continues, the video grows darker and noisier. 

SUUNS never fail to impress us. An outfit continuously creating the most visionary compositions and dynamically showcasing their unlimited potential and extensive range. With “Witness Protection”, Suuns have again created their own unique and ample colossal aura, their immersive arrangements grip all.

Suuns have mastered the art of complex compositions. At the same time Suuns work on this cold/angular almost ominious soundscape which adds mystique to their ambiance and keeps the audience fixated on the entire journey. Whilst the outfit focus on this influence, they manage to inject the existing affection with a key melancholic attribute and moving upbeat stoke. Bringing this hypnotic nature into a brooding ambiance levelling that colder spectrum with these sun-soaked, rich reverb filled guitar passages and buoyancy from the perplex drum beat. The lyrics and vocal melodies ooze this sultry charm and calmly serenades the audience on this intimate level whilst the atmosphere intensifies with the instrumentation.

For a band known for its cryptic magnetism, The Witness marks SUUNS’ most generous, stripped-down and affecting work to date. “There’s always this restraint in SUUNS: the question of ‘how long can we hold off?,” explains Shemie. “I think it’s beautiful that way because it always brings out something unexpected. But if you’re willing to stick with us – at a show or through our music in general – it will pay off. It might take a while to get there, but we will drop a beat for you eventually. I love that we’ve been able to stick to the minimal side of things, and just let it breathe.”

Pre-order The Witness here

The Witness track list:
1. Third Stream
2. Witness Protection
3. C-Thru
4. Timebender
5. Clarity
6. The Fix
7. Go To My Head
8. The Trilogy

See SUUNS live: 
22.9.2021 L’Imperial, Quebec City (QC)
23.9.2021 Café du Clocher, Alma (QC)
24.9.2021 Le Petite Boite Noire, Sherbrooke (QC)
29.9.2021Le Zaricot, Saint-Hyacinthe (QC)
1.10.2021 Club Saw, Ottawa (ON)
2.10.2021 Lee’s Palace, Toronto (ON)
23.10.2021 Doornroosje, Nijmegen (NL)
24.10.2021 Oslo, London (UK)
25.10.2021 Oslo, London (UK)
26.10.2021 Classic Grand, Glasgow (UK)
27.10.2021 White Hotel, Manchester (UK)
28.10.2021 Orangerie, Brussels (B)
29.10.2021 Rote Fabrik, Zurich (CH)
31.10.2021 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam (NL)
01.11.2021 Köln, Bumann & Sohn (GER) 
02.11.2021 Lido, Berlin (GER)
04.11.2021 Alice Copenhagen (DK)
06.11.2021 Hafenklang, Hamburg (GER)
07.11.2021 Schorndorf, Manufaktur (GER)
08.11.2021 Maroquinerie, Paris (FR)

All show tickets available here: http://www.suuns.net/shows


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