Amidst their performances in 2011’s CMJ Music Marathon, Exitmusic met up with Seattle’s KEXP while they were stationed in NYC for festival coverage. What ensued during the live broadcast is a beautiful working of their debut ep, From Silence. Aleksa and gang don’t waste any time in filling the Cutting Room Studios with their haunting blend.
Don’t be bummed if you missed it; KEXP just released video of the entire session, as well as photos. See full coverage here. Exitmusic will play a sold out show at NYC’s Mercury Lounge later this winter with School of Seven Bells.
The CMJ Music Marathon — that unmistakeable behemoth, that wooly mammoth of a music fest — is poised to take over the city and clog up the bars in a mere three weeks. Alongside that, we are thrilled to announce that we are partnering with our Dead Oceans and Jagjaguwar family for an amazing night of music, featuring two new Secretly Canadian artists, Exitmusic and Porcelain Raft:
Tonight at Brooklyn’s The Rock Shop, Quebec’s SUUNS make their triumphant return to the city that crowned them the drone princes of CMJ 2010. A three-night New York run this week will see Suuns bringing their goth-dappled art-rock to three different venue: The Rock Shop, Shea Stadium and The Mercury. See below for details, and get thee to one of these venues and hear/see why The New York Times noted the “rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught.”
In February, the young masters will journey across the icy Atlantic for Suuns’ first-ever European tour. Both France and UK have been abuzz with love for Suuns. NME recently declared their Secretly Canadian debut, Zeroes QC, a contender for one of its albums of 2011. All Suuns upcoming dates after the jump:
CMJ Festival takes over New York and Brooklyn for five days every year, but it only took one day and two performances for Suuns to take over the festival. Apparently the tasty soul food and pies at Pies N’ Thighs is the perfect fuel for dark drone electro-pop (I should have known something brilliant was in the works when the guys got all Popeyed up, devouring heaping plates of creamed spinach). Suuns started the evening with a set at the Brooklyn Vegan showcase at Music Hall of Williamsburg where apparently hipsters were actually dancing (!) to their set. Photos of the performance can be seen HERE.
From there Suuns headed into New York for a late night set at Piano’s where they looked downright deadly under a wash of murderous red light. They performed with a supreme intensity that brought the crowd to a fever pitch. After witnessing this performance Jon Pareles of the New York Times called Suuns “Drone Scholars” continuing, “They can let a chord ballon into psychedelic meditation (abetted by a guest saxophone honker), work a drone riff into a dance beat, hurl one at hardcore speed for a intense one-minute song, or peck at it with the obsessiveness of a kraut-rock band… there was rigorous strategy behind every gorgeous onslaught” (read the full review HERE). NPR was in the house too, and captured a little video of the set which you can check out above.