AOTY 2020
Roy Montgomery - Suffuse
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Based on 4 reviews
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Based on 13 ratings
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August 17, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Grapefruit / Label
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Montgomery's decision to collaborate with guest vocalists was a wise one, as he realizes that his own voice has its limitations, and while his guitar techniques are engrossing enough to render vocals unnecessary, the singers on Suffuse seem to understand what his work is all about, and their presence is inextricable from the album.


Few albums lay bare the process of their making quite like Suffuse; fewer still evince a desire on the part of the artist to relinquish control, piece by piece, until they have all but handed the reins to someone else. By introducing some of the era’s most compelling women singers to his music, Montgomery uncaps the catharsis that comes when you don’t have to sound like yourself.

Spectrum Culture

Suffuse’s shining quality is how easily each collaborator fits into Montgomery’s work without him having to alter much of anything to find a place for them.

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Track List

  1. Apparition (with Haley Fohr)
  2. Rainbird (with She Keeps Bees)
  3. Outsider Love Ballad No 1 (with Katie Von Schleicher)
  4. Mirage (with Purple Pilgrims)
  5. Sigma Octantis (with Julianna Barwick)
  6. Landfall (with Liz Harris)
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Added on: July 10, 2018