Montreal band SUUNS – Ben Shemie, Joe Yarmush, and Liam O’Neill – have shared a new single and video, “C-Thru,” from their forthcoming album, The Witness, out on September 3rd via Joyful Noise.
“C-Thru” was one of the last songs recorded for the album, and came together quickly without much reflection. “A lot of the slower and more delicate songs on this record required quite some finesse, and after all that careful work we needed a good romp,” says O’Neill. “SUUNS at our best is always secretly a little bit ‘fun,’ so when Ben writes an uncomplicated song with a good melody, we try not to overthink it – we try and get the sound of us having fun with it on tape.”
The accompanying video, created by Jared Raab and Luca Tarantini (AOK), is an autostereogram made to be viewed in one of two ways, using either the “crossed-eye” (convergence) method or “parallel-eye” (divergence) method. One must simply “decouple” or defocus their eyes, tricking the brain into seeing the slight variations in the repeating pattern as depth information. “‘C-Thru’ was a song that seemed to ask for an abstract and difficult image. Perhaps we were feeling exhausted from having to see everything on a screen, but the experience of making the video was a lot like viewing it. We were slowly burying ourselves under a layer after layer of static textures. We live in a world mediated more and more by screens and we started to see the song as representing something more meaningful, out of sight, under the surface. It’s quite literally a trick of the eyes. It’s an image underneath another image.” explain Raab and Tarantini.
Listen to “C-Thru” and watch the video for it below: