While their first two albums, Ghost Box and High Line, explored panoramas that evoked the American West as well as the cosmic beyond, Promise--the third and latest album by SUSS on Northern Spy Records--takes a more personal journey that maps out the rocky terrain of the American dream. Writing, recording, and mixing during the pandemic quarantine, the members of SUSS used their music to come to grips with concepts such as “promise” and “hope” and what they could still mean in this day and age.
On Promise, the NYC quartet creates sonic landscapes using pedal steel, baritone guitar, ebow, harmonium, synths, loops and other Americana instrumentation. Drawing on influences from their younger years, SUSS has created music that evokes early psychedelic Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and the seminal soundtrack work of John Barry. The result, which they call “pastoral psychedelicism,” is a music that is beautiful, haunting and challenging.
released December 4, 2020
SUSS is Jonathan Gregg, Gary Leib, Bob Holmes, and Pat Irwin
Mixed by William Garrett, Paul Kolderie, Kramer & Patrick Derivaz
Mastered by Oscar Zambrano at Zampol Productions
Produced by Pat Irwin
All music composed and performed by SUSS
All tracks published by High Lonesome Music (BMI); Obliterati Music (ASCAP); PI Publishing (ASCAP); Ray Bilge (BMI) and * G4 Music (ASCAP)
I'm not sure why I didn't listen to this sooner. I guess I thought "well obviously it'll be good, I'll come back later". Since buying I've listened twice in a day. This album is beautiful, both in a soothing relaxing way but more importantly in a heart-wrenching and painfully anguished way. Aidan
Dear Steve and John, your music is my companion for some weeks now, when I walk through the streets, when I read some books, when I’m thinking about the poor pandemic life we have. Now I need it physically, on vinyl, just to listen to it. It’s not post-rock to me, it’s avant-dream. Thank you very much. jean-michel brunet
Glory day : vinyl has arrived today! I was anxious as never. I thought it was lost in the far galaxies of post offices. It is right here, in Paris, France. I’m so glad. Love the feeling of that album. Dreamy and quiet. Cool as f***k. Thank you North Americans. jean-michel brunet