Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Suuns Drop New EP

Given our ecstatic love for SUUNS first full length Zeroes QC, we have to say expectations for their next effort were running painfully high.  Luckily for us, the band must have anticipated the potential for backlash, as their new 12" EP Bambi/Red Song (cover above) is nothing but totally killer new material.

SUUNS at Shea Stadium from the HAD Archive

Comprised of only two tracks and clocking in at just under 13 minutes, the EP is significantly more minimalist than the band's debut. While still embracing an texturally exploratory aesthetic, the record is also extremely careful in it's arrangement.  It leaves each tracked instrument the space to be explored on its own in the context of the greater whole.  The guitars are singled out and less layered, the beats are given space to grow, and in many cases take on the role of lead instrument.

Without question, the record plays on the band's strengths, and perhaps could do a little more to push in new directions.  That being said, an EP is a great context in which to explore, and this record does exactly that.  Taking the foundations of the first record and exploring their most stark nooks and crannies is a worthwhile effort, and leaves us eagerly anticipating where the band will go next.