Sasquatch 2013, Day 2: Suuns

Suuns

Suuns Photos by Matthew Thompson

Following the smoky energy of Rose Windows, the Yeti stage was taken over by Secret Canadian’s Suuns. The crowd swelled as they dove into their set. At times the trio went into nearly ambient jams, reverb heavy and almost ominous. But mostly the set was rhythm heavy, the audience waving their hands in the air while swaying and dancing along. Nearing the end of the set they reached that I consider the highlight - a drawn out and almost eerie rendition of “Edie’s Dream”. Vocalist/guitarist Ben Shemie seemed to disappear in the riffs, I watched the clouds shift over the distant hills, and the guitar droned on, until eventually Shemie pulled us back with the lyrics, “these same visions, these same visions” which seemed to meld into the phrase “ancient visions, ancient visions”. “Edie’s Dream” is about dreaming and slow progressions, though the set seemed to stay firmly on the side of reality, for that moment it dipped away from the noise of the crowds and sponsorship, and into the realm of beauty, melancholy, and long-awaited dreams.

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