Oen Sujet NME Review

17 09 2009

Below is a reprint of a review of the Oen Sujet record I did for NME. It seemed to ruffle a few feathers another the faceless folk who frequent message boards on the internet, but fuck ’em. You can’t please everyone, right?





 Coming off like some weird synth-prog soundtrack to a bunch of clowns going shopping, ‘Life Given to Quiet Places’ is a willfully obtuse beast. Packed full of abstract musical phrases and meandering rhythms and textures, the Montreal-based three-piece may be lauded by the clued-in likes of Ladyfest, but sadly Julie-Blanche Taillon’s honeyed vocals can’t save their debut from being a dislocated and disjointed disaster. There are fleeting moments of beauty such as the rousing gang vocals on ‘Bird and Binocular,’ but ultimately the musical passages tend to repeat on you like last night’s pizza. We get the feeling that with a great producer Oen Sujet’s album could’ve soared to the stars but in its current form it’s an unsatisfying effort for all concerned. Edwin McFee

DOWNLOAD: ‘Bird and Binocular’




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