Channeling his background in classical music, SUUNS’ Ben Shemie combines string fractals, manipulated vocals, and synth-powered chaos to bridge the universes of past, present, and future. Over the course of ten tracks, Shemie chronicles a wandering soul tangled in its own dark orbit, searching for meaning in a world of stardust and astral mirages.
Breathing life into Shemie’s orchestral maneuvers was the Molinari String Quartet, one of Canada's most celebrated contemporary ensembles. Recording the album’s ten tracks in two single-takes, the urgency and dynamism of these compositions can be heard as much felt. The listener can sense the stuttering pulse of Shemie, flanked by five amplifiers and wading in electronic bedlam, as the Molinari Quartet switchbacks measures of strings and chimes.
Sometimes, the only way to make sense of the world is to travel to its absolute end. While Shemie’s image of a faraway universe is equal parts inspiring and chaotic, he assures the listener — everything and everyone is exactly as it should.
released July 15, 2022
Ben Shemie and the Molinari String Quartet
Olga Ranzenhofer - Violin
Antoine Bareil - Violin
Frédéric Lambert - Viola
Pierre-Alain Bouvrette - Cello
All songs written and produced by Ben Shemie
Recorded by Shae Brossard at Hotel2Tango, Montreal 2021
Mixed by Ben Shemie
Mastered by James Plotkin
Artwork by Haruhisa Nakata
Layout by Brian Case
this album is one where every time i put it on i'm amazed. every track sounds incredible and feels like you're going on a grand journey but also feeling incredibly relaxed at the same time which is a perfect blend for me personally. love it! distnebula