by Tiana Feng
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Label: Secretly Canadian
When Suuns released Zeroes QC in 2010 the debut took the blog world by surprise with it’s Clinic influenced prog-rock. The band’s sophomore album Images Du Futur paints a drearier, more darker image.
Opening with “Powers of Ten” Ben Shemie has an austere demeanor. Like there is hidden anger deceit. If this were a superhero movie, Shemie would be the villain. “2020” is reminiscent of Zero QC‘s addictive track “Arena”, heavily beat driven with creepy lyrics wobbling in a serial-killer like manner.
It is difficult not to get distracted when listening to all of Ben Shemie’s shoegazy murmurs. I’ve listened to this many times now and find myself occasionally tuning in and out and only regaining full attention with the more notable tracks like the alphabet spelling “Bambi” or the reverberations of “Holocene City”.
The majority of the album is quite unsettling. If this was truly painting images of the future, than the world must be coming to an end. Confirmation of this can be heard in the instrumental title track and is then mocked by the laughter in the closer “Music Won’t Save You”.