Hold/Still

Suuns - Hold/Still
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2016 Ratings: #437 / 760
User Score
Based on 45 ratings
2016 Ratings: #368
April 15, 2016 / Release Date
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Secretly Canadian / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Ultimately, Hold/Still feels like a true progression for SUUNS — not a complete reinvention, but a distillation of what they do best.

80
Drowned in Sound
Now – three albums in – we can begin to see the same curve beginning to arc across their entire discography, with the arrival of their most restrained and finely detailed record to date.
80
The Line of Best Fit

Their essence hasn’t changed, just honed.

75
Consequence of Sound

They found a home in a world of weirdness and slow down the clock so it begins to look even weirder, melding the best sounds into some color Pantone couldn’t label if they tried.

70
AllMusic
This time out, the group seems to have a bit more of an electronic sheen than on earlier efforts, but it still feels like there's a metronome-like human heart beating inside the machinery.
70
Spin

H/S is an experiment in creating music about strong urges in a world without joy.

70
PopMatters

Suuns have created a record which doesn’t thumb its nose at the existential problems of listener in enjoying and listening to music, but identifies with it and mounts the only truly acceptable response: make music reflective of, and worthy of, our scattered brains.

65
Under The Radar

Despite its few too many twisted Thom Yorkisms, Hold/Still is a convincing attempt at making the impossibly bleak impossibly toe-tapping. 

60
Clash
‘Hold/Still’ conjures up the existential mood of floating in deep space. Lonely - but also out of this world.
60
DIY
Suuns’ greatest trademark is also their greatest asset – a compulsion to push ideas to breaking points, to test the limits regularly and thoroughly. That’s not to say every scribble is a masterpiece, but that there’s a hell of a lot of battered notebooks going into this.
50
No Ripcord

Suuns' approach to creating music leaves them with a thoroughly unnatural sound with no contemporaries, but after several listens to this one, I’m yet to build an immunity to the enormous dose of discomfort that Hold/Still administers.

Mr_Jaiva
84
Hypnotic and mysterious. Dark maze built with rock and electronica.
Kokolores
80
Reminds me to some extent of the Bowie album Low. Electronic, independent, progressive music elements cleverly mixed with strident melodies. Several attempts are needed to listen the album in one session. But once bitten off a piece you will not put it entirely away.
50
"Cuesta respirar con este álbum"

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#27/Rough Trade
#67/PopMatters

Track List

  1. Fall
  2. Instrument
  3. Un-No
  4. Resistance
  5. Mortise and Tenon
  6. Translate
  7. Brainwash
  8. Careful
  9. Paralyzer
  10. Nobody Can Save Me Now
  11. Infinity
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Added on: January 27, 2016