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by Suzanimal

Suzanimal is a psychedelic pop project from San Francisco inspired by their love of the Talking Heads, Sylvan Esso & LCD Soundsystem.
Genre: Pop: Psychedelic Pop
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1. Naps
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2. Body
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3. Dirt
4:42 $0.99
4. Ideas
3:33 $0.99
5. Train
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Album Notes
Suzanimal is a psychedelic pop project from San Francisco singer, songwriter and bassist Suzanne Galal. Inspired by her love of the Talking Heads, Sylvan Esso, and LCD Soundsystem, Galal picked up a bass guitar for the first time in 2014, at the age of 30, and began writing songs soon after. To bring her ideas to life, she assembled a band of veteran Bay Area musicians: Kelly McFarling and Kendra McKinley on backup vocals and keys, and Benjamin Andrews and Andrew Laubacher (both of Con Brio) on guitar and drums respectively.

The result is Body. Recorded at San Francisco’s legendary Hyde Street Studios, it’s an ambitious and surprisingly confident EP of groove-driven tracks, all topped by Galal’s seductive yet light-as-air vocals. A Suzanimal show is designed to make you lose yourself to the rhythm -- with just enough of the unexpected to keep you on your toes ‘til the afterparty.

Niclole Gluckstern of KQED published a review of the debut album.

"Body — subtle, evocative and precise — swings with an attitude that’s breezy yet grounded. Galal's voice is sweet but confident, with the barest whisper of PJ Harvey husk about it, blending seamlessly with the backing vocals of McFarling and McKinley. Throughout the project, the drumming provides uncomplicated, sturdy support for the more adventurous explorations of the keys and their attendant effects, as well as the funky counterpoint of Benjamin Andrews’s guitar. Each song is a study in maintaining a balance between minimalism and shimmering layers.

Galal favors deceptively simple lyrics over belabored metaphors. (One song, “Naps,” is literally about taking naps; “Train” is a single repeated line that builds to a wild crescendo of vocals and keys.)

The breezy, hip-hop-inspired “Ideas” seems especially resonant with Galal's curiosity about the mind, painting a musical portrait of an artist in search of his or her next breakthrough: "Where do ideas come from? / Where do they live? / And will they answer when I’m knocking at the door?" Its lyrics speak to Galal's unending exploration of how creativity works, as well as her belief that ideas are strongest when incorporating both sides of the brain."



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