Whereas previous Suss Müsik offerings focused more on drones that function as background music for meditation, the latest release Kommunal advances the palette to include found sound and greater compositional depth. Kommunal is variously ugly, dissonant, beautiful, sparse. Guitars are played by dropping pebbles on strings. Carpentry tools like table and hand saws become part of the musical language. An organ’s timbre range is pushed to maximum capacity, while a muted saxophone struggles to be heard. Within all that is the most “musical” thing Suss Müsik has ever released: a simple piano motif that builds into a sort of jazz-pop number, with gently brushed drums in standard 4/4 time. This is ambient music that is decidedly unrestful.
released July 5, 2016
Stephen J Gladney: saxophone
Marc Manning: guitar, percussion, noise
Sara Toga: percussion
Suss Müsik: everything else