Sujo - Dimona
Back in the 90s, during what was then merely his latest creative streak, Neil Young put out an EP of nothing but feedback, intros and outros from songs recorded during his "Weld" tour. The music on "Dimona" sounds like feedbacks and echoes from Husker's "Zen Arcade." Sujo's latest is metallic, majestic, and at times, achingly deep. Ryan Huber crams layers of icy distorted guitars over six short songs, each of which has a power that lingers longer than the total time it will take to listen to the entire set.
Recalling also bands like feedtime and Halo of Flies and other more straight-on post-Industrial greats, songs like "Dimona" and "Armitage" are like sheets of glacial power, the colors of echoing riffs both intense and somehow comforting. Songs that add a few more melodic touches are equally as immense: "Nasir" is probably one of the heaviest songs of the year, but begins with a simple opening line, and drifts along like a doom piece until hitting overload.
Sujo dig deep into a chord or riff and let it explore its own tones while on full sustain or by its repetition. Minimalist but with no wasted sonic space, "Dimona" is brilliant and will induce trances of joy and dread, just in time for the holidays.
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