15 more favorites from last year, to go with the 10 local albums listed below.

  1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion
  2. Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
  3. Sister Suvi, Now I Am Champion
  4. Shrag, Shrag
  5. Bibio, Ambivalence Avenue
  6. Atlas Sound, Logos
  7. Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind
  8. Maayan Nidam, Nightlong
  9. Abe Vigoda, Reviver
  10. DJ Koze, Reincarnations – The Remix Chapter 2001-2009
  11. God Help the Girl, God Help the Girl
  12. Sonic Youth, The Eternal
  13. Durutti Column, Love in the Time of Recession
  14. The Juan Maclean, The Future Will Come
  15. Mountains, Choral
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Sister Suvi consists of Patrick Gregoire (also member of Islands) on guitar and vocals, Merrill Garbus (who earlier this year released a very nice album under the name of Tune-Yards) on ukule, violin, and vocals, and Nico Dann (I don’t know what else he’s done) on drums and vocals.
Sister Suvi can be kind of noisy, like Deerhoof, and kind of abstract, like High Places.  But as the brief introduction above suggests, they’re also like of like mid-to-late-1970s-era Fleetwood Mac, in that they have three vocalists, each of whom brings his or her own unique style to the mix, making the whole much larger than the sum of its parts.  And a bit like Sonic Youth, too, in that yes they like to experiment, but never miss a chance to really rock out either.
All of that comes together with great effect on “Now I Am Champion,” their first official full-length release.  “The Lot” is the centerpiece/masterpiece on this disk, weaving a story of a nighttime bike ride through the dark streets of Montreal and ending with a wonderfully stunning three-part a’capella. But other standouts include “Claymation,” about clay animation gone awry, and “American,” a meditation on good intentions and the road they’ve paved.
“Now I Am Champion” provides the perfect mix of light and dark and the perfect mix of surprise and accessibility.

suviSister Suvi consists of Patrick Gregoire (also a member of Islands) on guitar and vocals, Merrill Garbus (who earlier this year released a very nice album under the name of Tune-Yards) on ukulele, violin, and vocals, and Nico Dann (to be honest, I don’t know what else he’s done, but I’m sure it’s something equally impressive) on drums and vocals.

Sister Suvi can be kind of noisy, like Deerhoof, and kind of abstract, like High Places. But as the brief introduction above suggests, they’re also a bit like mid-to-late-1970s-era Fleetwood Mac, in that they have three vocalists, each of whom brings his or her own unique style to the mix, making the whole much larger than the sum of its parts. And a bit like Sonic Youth, too, in that yes they like to experiment, but never miss a chance to really rock out either.

All of that comes together with great effect on “Now I Am Champion,” their first official full-length release. “The Lot” is the centerpiece/masterpiece on this disk, weaving a story of a nighttime bike ride through the dark streets of Montreal and ending with a wonderfully stunning three-part a’capella. But other standouts include “Claymation,” a song about clay animation gone awry, and “American,” a meditation on good intentions and the road they’ve paved. Check the band’s myspace page for a couple of those examples and more. Or see below for “The Lot” performed live.

“Now I Am Champion” provides the perfect blend of light and dark and of surprise and accessibility. Definitely one of the year’s best.

Sister Suvi – The Lot

July 24, 2009

last night on my bike i went for a long long ride
i went to the edge of the island so so wide
at the edge the ground runs out and it all turns to black
when you hit the dark st. laurence there’s no more turning back

last night on my bike i went for a long long ride

i went to the edge of the island so so wide

at the edge the ground runs out and it all turns to black

when you hit the dark st. laurence there’s no more turning back