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SUS

PoiL

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.18 | 11 ratings

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Harold Needle
5 stars I've been alive in this world for over twenty two years now, and in all my life up to this point, never was I so frantically happy and anticipative about any upcoming album by any band. I was waiting for Sus to come out ever since I've heard the first news about its existance, and frankly, I was so hyped about this release, I was scared it woudn't be as good as I wanted it to be.

Now that it's finally here, I can say with no doubt - PoiL managed to totally surpass my wildest musical desires. It is the first record in my life, that made me want to cry just because how incredible it is! Extremely energetic, dense, noisy and complex, yet so ravishing, atmospheric and beautiful. This is PoiL at its best! Guilhem Meier's drumming seems even more fast, tight and on-point (is it even humanly possible?), it is ridiculously impressive, absolutely love his beats. Boris Cassone's thick basslines are something I really admire as well, they give the album all the agression and heavy grooviness it needs. I'm also a huge fan of Antoine Arnera's incredible keyboard skills, which provide playful, quirky electric piano passages, noisy experimental synths and some great sampling as well. Also, we cannot forget about all the members' vocal abilities, which are wonderfully combined and performed. The three vocals are a prominent part of PoiL's sound, and this time they seem to be more quiet, sophisticated and contemplative, as opposed to the more rhythmic, agressive and shouting style from Brossaklitt. As for the writing, Sus presents the band exploring new musical territories; the material is really fresh and doesn't feel like a direct continuation of the style presented on the previous records. There are many, many more new, exotic flavours to digest, and given the complex and technical nature of this music - it's gonna take a long while to learn and appreciate all of its little details. I find it particularly great, since analysing every track's structure is a pure pleasure for me.

Personally, I would say that the bands and albums like this make the life worth living. Thank you, thank you so much PoiL, I will never forget this record.

Harold Needle | 5/5 |

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