Suis La Lune
Heir


4.5
superb

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
February 22nd, 2010 | 160 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: In the matter of four songs, Suis La Lune nearly solidify themselves at the top of a genre.

As much as it pains me to admit it, my music of choice lately, as a whole, has its restrictions. Based on chaotic energy, dynamic guitars, overwhelming emotions and the like, screamo tends to be a bit off-putting because of the sheer tenacity and overwhelming nature of the music. A large generalization, of course, but it’s fairly accurate when judging the music known for its ravenous screams. Enter Suis La Lune’s Heir EP. At a mere quartet of songs, the Heir EP claws and digs its way into the ranks of the lofty, holy classics of the genre.

To say that Heir EP feels a bit “different” is a stark understatement. Instead of adhering to convention and embracing a downtrodden, heartbroken aesthetic, Suis La Lune wield a sound that can accurately be described as “feel-good.” You would probably never guess it from looking at the album art, but Heir EP is an uplifting piece of music throughout. Part of the beauty that makes their sound so incredible comes from their ability to make the traditionally sad, well, happy. The devices the Swedish band employs to achieve this effect are equally impressive. “With Wings Of Feathers And Glue” commences Heir EP with a series of chirping birds ingrained against the stark silence. While the screaming is latent and certainly harsh, Suis La Lune balance this out with a melodic vocal line from the background that acts like a rudder to steer the ship. Throughout the all-too-ephemeral four songs, the guitars are as dynamic as I’ve ever heard. The band’s ability to change tempo time and time again is simply astounding on first listen or fiftieth listen. From spastic to melodic, from a whispery acoustic intro to a riff one can only describe as a “wall of sound,” Suis La Lune prove to the listener that their penchant for a different style is easily backed up by their technical prowess and creative song-writing.

This same creative quality is what I feel really defines Heir EP. Be it the dynamism exhibited with such flair or Suis La Lune’s desire to create an album that defies genre-convention through its mood, there is an undeniable amount of creativity that went into Heir EP, coming out the other end in the form of a beautiful and vastly enjoyable opus. Albeit it’s length, the Heir EP is heads in front of the competition in terms of listenability. For about 15 glorious minutes, it’s easy to lose yourself in the unique and surprisingly effortless listen.

Under the guise of screamo, it’s hard not to feel that Suis La Lune is really tricking us all. How can a piece of music bereft with ravenous screaming and dissonant chords galore be this easy to listen to and so feel-good? If there is an answer to be found, it can most likely be attributed to the astounding umbrella that envelopes Heir EP. While the chords progress seamlessly from harmonious to clashing with voracious screaming in tow, Suis La Lune communicate a strong sense of tranquility and blithe, but most of all fun. The Heir EP feels sincere, to the point that it would feel perfectly reasonable to sing or dance along; not in remorse or pain like the band’s contemporaries, but rather in jubilation. Whether it be a worn-out veteran of harsh scramz that still cries when you hear Saetia, or even a newcomer to the usually-unwelcoming genre, I challenge you not to feel a little tinge of happiness and surprise whilst Suis La Lune blisters on merrily.



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SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20950 Comments


Tell me this is dumb if you want to feel what it's like to get punched in the face.

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Athom
Staff Reviewer
February 22nd 2010


17231 Comments


I've got Quiet, Pull the Strings and can't see these guys being a 5.

SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20950 Comments


honestly, that personal rating will most likely change, but I can't imagine this being lower than a 4-4.5 for me.

HugCrewLoveRoll
February 22nd 2010


612 Comments


Great review! Follow the Moon is the s***!

SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20950 Comments


Thanks... Follow the Moon? I'm not familiar

erasedcitizen
February 22nd 2010


716 Comments


It's the English translation of Suis La Lune.

HugCrewLoveRoll
February 22nd 2010


612 Comments


Suis La Lune is french for Follow the Moon.

SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20950 Comments


Ah. makes sense, thank you. I'm not all that great at French.

HugCrewLoveRoll
February 22nd 2010


612 Comments


Well French is my first language.

SeaAnemone
February 22nd 2010


20950 Comments


I feel cultured now

bungy
February 22nd 2010


8843 Comments


Nice, downloading.

SeaAnemone
February 23rd 2010


20950 Comments


please do, bungy.

HighandDriving
February 23rd 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're right, this ep really is beautiful.

Any screamo fan should get this, good review, pos'd.

SeaAnemone
February 23rd 2010


20950 Comments


gracias. it's one of my favorite reviews in a long time. wasn't difficult to write either for some reason.

SlightlyEpic
February 23rd 2010


5780 Comments


wonderful review, and as you know I love this too haha

AggravatedYeti
February 23rd 2010


7685 Comments


I really want this...

great review Eric.

PirateSquid
February 23rd 2010


1881 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

such an epic album

SeaAnemone
February 23rd 2010


20950 Comments


thanks guys- appreciated. and yea, if you haven't heard this I sincerely think you'll really like it.

ShadowAmI
February 23rd 2010


1542 Comments


im a pretty big fan of follow the moon myself

Skimaskcheck
February 23rd 2010


2362 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

badass EP



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