Starlite Room and Temple | Doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm. No Minors. | $22.50 advance | Presented by 2018 Up and Downtown Music Festival (UP+DT)
From the beginning, SUUNS (pronounced “soons”) have sought to do things differently. The group’s first records, 2010’s Zeroes QC and 2012’s Polaris Prize-nominated Images Du Futur – both released on Secretly Canadian – were immediate critical hits, and SUUNS soon found themselves part of a late ’00s musical renaissance in Quebec, alongside fellow groups like The Besnard Lakes, Islands and Land Of Talk.
The band’s fourth album, Felt, can be described as both a continuation and rebirth. Self-produced, then mixed to audiophile perfection by St Vincent producer John Congleton, the informality of self-production has enabled SUUNS to explore bright new vistas. Felt breaks with SUUNS’ earlier darkness for a more optimistic ambience, letting the band loosen up and be unburdened by self-seriousness. SUNNS’s thesis since the beginning has been to cultivate “the sublime alchemy of idealism and conflict”, and the group’s latest release strikes a perfect, satisfying balance.