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SUUNS Share New Single “Clarity” – New Album “The Witness” out September 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings 

August 13, 2021
Photo credit: Will Lew


Share new single “Clarity”
Album ‘The Witness’ out Sept 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings 
UK tour dates this October 

With their new album ‘The Witness’ out Sept 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings, Montreal trio SUUNS – Ben Shemie, Joe Yarmush, and Liam O’Neill – are sharing their new single “Clarity“, which follows on from previous tracks “C-Thru” & “Witness Protection”. The band are set to play UK shows in London, Glasgow and Manchester this October. 

Speaking about the “Clarity“, Ben Shemie said “This song is the sun that our record orbits around. It’s an introspective jam full of ambition and restraint. One might call it a departure for the band, but more likely it is us finding ourselves.”

Adding on to this, Liam O’Neill commented “We worked on “Clarity” after we had set the stage with its sister songs, “Third Stream” and “Go To My Head”, and we were feeling so comfortable in that slow, expansive sense of time that this song felt comparatively spritely, easy and hands-off. We let the drum machine play, we let Mathieu Charbonneau’s DX-7 do its thing, Erik Hove’s saxophone the ineluctable cherry on top; we weren’t afraid to leave space and let the melody guide the song. It’s the most natural sounding expression of what we were going for on this record.”

Clarity oozes this distinct charm that SUUNS can call their own. SUUNS never fail to impress us. An outfit continuously creating the most visionary compositions and dynamically showcasing their unlimited potential and extensive range. With “Clarity”, the outfit craft this utterly consuming atmosphere that leaves one hell of an impression, you embrace every single note and passage to this ensemble whilst the moody vocals add this emotive conviction to the track.

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. For a band known for its cryptic magnetism, The Witness marks SUUNS’ most generous, stripped-down and affecting work to date. Pre-order The Witnesshere

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:

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

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