Images du Futur
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Tracklist
01.

Powers of Ten

02.

2020

03.

Minor Work

04.

Mirror Mirror

05.

Edie's Dream

06.

Sunspot

07.

Bambi

08.

Holocene City

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Images du Futur

10.

Music Won't Save You

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Images du Futur

Montreal's Suuns spent the winter and spring of 2012 writing and recording Images du Futur. Their sessions were concurrent with the Quebec student protests that started in February of 2012 and continued through September of this year. Set against a backdrop lead singer Ben Shemie calls "a climate of excitement, hope and frustration," Suuns aimed for an expansion of the musical ideas on their critically accalimed first record, Zeroes, QC. Images du Futur builds upon the intensity of their debut, but often does so through new textures and subtler dynamic maneuvering. Album standout "Edie's Dream" begins with a single bass line repeated from which layers build & rise — first drums, then a wash of white noise; echoes of guitar, then chanted vocals. The song's clever shifts are jazz-touched and delicate, almost subliminal. It all makes for a stark, skeletal boogie — more an astral projection than a song. "Edie's Dream" exemplifies the restraint of which Suuns is capable and works to make the unhinged moments all the more devastating.

Lauded by Pitchfork and NME — the former saying "few bands this young are operating on quite this scale, and fewer still have the brass-- and the patience-- to pull off a big, glitzy, complex record like Zeroes QC," and the latter declaring them 2011's Best New Band — Suuns have deepened their approach, using minimalist techniques to create maximalist works. Produced once again by Jace Lasek from Besnard Lakes, Images blasts out of the gate with "Powers of Ten," laying out a sort of manifesto for the record in the very first lines: "Got it together/I read in the paper/all of theses strangers/stranger and stranger.../No, no, no, no, how you try and remember/how all of these pieces/all fit together." Shemie says of the process, "As a band we were trying to look at our music from further and further away, seeing more details in the picture as we expanded the landscape."

December 08, 2013

Images du Futur in La Presse's best albums of 2013

Sans se péter les bretelles, ce quartette montréalais s'impose parmi les plus intéressants du rock anglo, montréalais, québécois ou canadien. Bien que très rock, la force des concepts l'emporte largement sur celle des muscles. - Alain Brunet

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August 01, 2013

Suuns' 2020 in "Only God Forgives" starring Ryan Gosling



Suuns' latest album Images du futur has been getting attention from new exciting sources. Their epic track "2020" soundtracks the new European trailer for Only God Forgives, from the director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn. The movie stars Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas and is set in the glittering city of Bangkok. The forboding track with its pulsating bass - what Alternative Press called "a menacing undercurrent" - and a sly sidewinding guitar riff add live wire tension to the trailer.

July 19, 2013

Suuns + La Blogothèque

June 14, 2013

Suuns' "Images du Futur" in the Polaris 2013 Long List




Congratulations to Suuns ! Their last album, Images du Futur is in the 40 albums making the Polaris Music Prize Long List this year.

To read the full long list, click here.
The Short List will be announced on July 16th in Toronto at the Drake Hotel.

May 22, 2013

Brand new video for Suuns - "Sunspot"



Suuns have released a video for “Sunspot", an abstract analog assembly by Montreal artist Malena Szlam.

April 15, 2013

Suuns live from SXSW on KEXP



March 05, 2013

"Images du futur" available today!



"Images du futur" is available everywhere in Canada via Secret City today! Out in digital, CD and LP, the sophomore album from Suuns is already getting raving reviews, here's a quick look at what the press has been saying so far:

"Images du Futur is a heavy, slow rock album that will be jarring for those expecting big hooks, but it’s also rewarding for anyone willing to formulate their own interpretation. 4 étoiles "
- The Gazette

"Pop hooks aside, Images Du Futur is not a feel-good record. But if you can deal with some dark, creepy, bummer vibes, it reveals new layers with each listen. 4 stars"
- NOW Toronto

« Plaintives, indolentes, lascives, les mélodies (vocales et synthétiques) se déversent en contrepoint sur des pulsations binaires, hypnotiques, addictives. Hors du commun, ces ambiances spectrales et choix harmoniques relèvent à la voix d'une solide culture rock et d'une connaissance musicale supérieure à la moyenne. Parce qu'elles plongent l'auditeur dans des fluides étranges et le ramènent à la surface au moment opportun, ces Images du futur sont en bonne voie de marquer l'imaginaire. De zéros à héros? 4 étoiles »
- La Presse

March 04, 2013

4 star review in Montreal Gazette for "Images du futur"

"Images du Futur is a heavy, slow rock album that will be jarring for those expecting big hooks, but it’s also rewarding for anyone willing to formulate their own interpretation"

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March 04, 2013

Disc of the week in La Presse for "Images du futur"

Suuns, qui signifie zéros en langue thai, peut se targuer d'avoir créé un son qui n'a rien à voir avec l'idée qu'on se fait du « Montreal sound ».

Fondé sur des rythmes virils et métronomiques, futés riffs de guitare, chants d'attitude rock, post-punk, post krautrock, post-Velvet. Bien que totalement rock dans la dégaine, le quartette puise dans le minimalisme contemporain de la musique instrumentale dite sérieuse comme dans celui des musiques électroniques également associées au minimalisme.

Plaintives, indolentes, lascives, les mélodies (vocales et synthétiques) se déversent en contrepoint sur des pulsations binaires, hypnotiques, addictives. Hors du commun, ces ambiances spectrales et choix harmoniques relèvent à la voix d'une solide culture rock et d'une connaissance musicale supérieure à la moyenne. Parce qu'elles plongent l'auditeur dans des fluides étranges et le ramènent à la surface au moment opportun, ces Images du futur sont en bonne voie de marquer l'imaginaire. De zéros à héros?

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February 28, 2013

4 star review in NOW Toronto for "Images du futur"

Montreal’s Suuns made a strong first impression with their 2010 debut, Zeroes QC, combining ominous, pulsing synths with dissonant post-punk guitars and unexpected bursts of pop harmonies. Rather than mess with a good thing, they’ve simply refined that bag of tricks on the sequel, once again working with producer Jace Lasek.

Recorded with the Montreal student protests filling the streets around them every day, Images Du Futur is more dissonant than its predecessor. The uneasy, tightly coiled mood can start to feel oppressive, but then suddenly a big major-key melody comes out of nowhere to break the tension.

Pop hooks aside, Images Du Futur is not a feel-good record. But if you can deal with some dark, creepy, bummer vibes, it reveals new layers with each listen.

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