Hold/Still, the third studio album from Suuns, is an enigmatic thing: an eerily beautiful, meticulously played suite of music that embracesopposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. It is a record that does not give up its secrets easily. A natural step on from theirtwo previous albums, 2011s Zeroes QC & 2013s Images du Futur, and yet a marked departure,Hold/Stillis a cerebral exploration ofhow to take live and analogue instruments and create a deeply textured electronic record. In May 2015, they decamped to Dallas,Texas to work with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton and for three intense weeks they recorded by day and stewed in theircramped apartment by night. It felt like we were on a mission – looking for something to take us out of our element, or that might seepinto our music, say the band. Hold/Still will be released 15 April, 2016.

Thefirst single, “Translate”, is one of the defining songs of the album – the sound of a band working in mental lockstep, crafting guitarmusic that feels unbeholden to clear traditions or genre brackets. It is a song that the band have been reworking for years, and wasone of the last songs to be finished for the album, and yet, perhaps, defines the record perfectly. The synthesizers are the work of MaxHenry, an obsessive who builds his own patches and confesses to using cranky or budget equipment – [good gear] does all the work foryou, and thats not always fun.

Accompanying the song is the first of a trilogy of videos for the album (the second and third installments will be launched ahead of therecord release). Shot by Charles-Andr Coderre, a long term collaborator of the band, he says Translate’, the first music video of atriptych series, is an incandescent vision. It was shot with thermal imagery. The concept was simple: film the band in their rehearsalspace and transfigure the footage into something unusual and gorgeous. We experimented the different meanings of the word”translate” and explored a new film language by shooting what the human eye can’t see.”

Also released today is the Dark Sky Psych remix of Translate”– the first of a number of remixes that will be launched alongside tracksfrom the album. This one takes”Translates” repetitive, krautrock-like rhythms and squeezes them into a tighter, mesmeric arrangement..Says Dark SkyWe really liked the psyched out sounds and sonics from the original track which sounded vintage but also forwardthinking. We were inspired to build on this vibe.”


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Tracklisting:

Fall
Instrument
UN-NO
Resistance
Mortise and Tenon
Translate
Brainwash
Careful
Paralyzer
Nobody Can Save Me Now
Infinity

Suuns Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

07-Apr – Bar le Cha-Cha, Ste-Therese QC, CA
09-Apr – La Taverne, St-Casimir QC, CA
15-Apr – L’Anti, Quebec City QC, CA
16-Apr – Le Naufrageur, Carleton QC, CA
20-Apr – La Tulipe, Montreal QC, CA
21-Apr – St Alban’s Church, Ottawa ON, CA
22-Apr – Adelaide Hall, Toronto ON, CA
19-May – Berghain, Berlin, DE
20-May – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
21-May – Grand Mix, Lille, FR
22-May – La Nuit De Botanique Festival, Brussels, BE
24-May – ICA, London, UK – Tickets
27-May – Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE – Tickets
28-May – Seewiesen Festival, KleinReifling, AT
30-May – TBA, Paris, FR
01-June – PrimaveraSound, Barcelona, ES
05-June – Maifield Derby Festival, Mannheim, DE
08-June – Monk, Rome, IT
09-June – Beaches Brew Festival, Ravenna, IT