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Beginning with an ominous pedal tone beneath atmospheric and intricate vocal harmonies, Argus quickly finds a lilting groove with classic inflections - building into a smooth and soulful chorus in a showcase of Suris' intimate musicality! Lovely lead vocal tones and rich instrumentations conjure subtle parallels of ambient Prog Rock as Suris expands the mystery and magnetism of Argus through cryptically picturesque lyricism and masterfully subversive harmonic developments.
Suris has captured an ethereal charm with Argus, weaving an immersive sound from rich instrumental tones and surprising harmonies. The airy lead vocals lend a specific dreaminess to the sound, and a certain poetic gravity to the lyrics and melodies - while the opening harmonies perfectly set the stage for an otherworldly listening experience. All in all, everything feels carefully and critically selected, musically refined, and fully intentional in a way that takes listeners for a fully engaging sonic trip!
The sound and feel of Suris' Argus have a pleasant leaning towards Classic Prog Rock, with the vocals and harmonies eliciting comparisons to bands like Yes. Argus' delicate and ethereal qualities speak to modern Psychedelic Indie and Trip Hop sounds, with another comparison to the warmer, folkier tones of groups like Fleet Foxes. Fans of immersive and emotionally poignant Ambient music will find more than enough to sink into with Suris' work, and the specific experience of Argus is sure to invite plenty of repeat listeners!
Queen of the Night
Instilling a sense of metomorphic transition through a steadily shifting soundscape, Suris' Queen of the Night gradually transforms from an uneasy isolation into a musical affirmation of love and light! Bearing a classic sound and a vast musicality, Queen of the Night masterfully mirrors the cycles of anxiety and actualization that are familiar to so many. Things open up very nicely at 3:33 - captures the cycles of anxiety and reprieve.
This is a wonderfully musical work of art! The sparse soundscape of Queen of the Night's introductory moments does well to communicate a struggle; a perseverance of character as the lyrics encourage steady progress through unnamed difficulties. Then, as things have become more abstract and intense, they open up so sweetly at 3:33 that the listener can practically feel the weight lifted from their shoulders. It's very understated and deeply impactful! Beautiful vocal qualities and a very strong sense of arrival. Great work!
Listeners with an appreciation for timeless instrumental soundscapes and soul-searching auditory experiences will find Suris to be a band worth following, and the full breadth of Queen of the Night's cathartic and transformative properties stand to resonate with nearly anyone who listens in! Contemplative and ultimately comforting, Queen of the Night is an artfully ambitious piece of Ambient Pop that's bound to draw you in!
About Jon Wright...
Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists in a wide variety of genres.