Suuns - "Translate" (Singles Going Steady)

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Suuns finely straddle the line between vulnerable humanity and robotic precision on "Translate".

Chad Miller: Neat guitar driven background that repeats throughout the majority of the song. This brings a sort of anxious energy to the piece. Vocals and ornamentation from other instruments use it in different ways and accompany it with different notes so it doesn’t feel wholly monotonous. Vague lyrics like the repeated “Don’t tell” and the shape shifting repetitions make for a good introduction for Suun’s next album as it’ll leave you wanting more. [7/10]

Chris Pittaway: Suuns finely straddle the line between vulnerable humanity and robotic precision on "Translate", hypnotising the listener with its repetitive, angular riff and pulsating synth before exploding into weirdly colourful life towards the track's end. Tightly-wound and mesmerising. [8/10]

Jedd Beaudoin: Yes! Cool minimalistic stuff and a video that is super trippy. This track is heavy without being metal. Very memorable. I’ll be revisiting this for a while. [8/10]

Steve Horowitz: The Suuns drone on like the sound of a drill. It’s intense. Many will resist, but if you accept the vibe, it will take you on a journey. The decision is yours. The video captures with shape and color and faces, faces, faces. Not for the meek. [6/10]

Dami Solebo: Off scale chords stand out, and the continuation throughout the song sets an impactful if somewhat depressing tone. The falsetto vocals were somewhat surprising, but they definitely stand out. [6/10]

Suuns' new album Hold/Still releases April 15th on Secretly Canadian.

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