Suuns' sound is defined by their organisation. Their brand of chaotic doom punk is strategically delivered in bursts of energy that is at once alarming and exhilarating. Felt then, their fourth full length, is their most sprawling record to date.

‘Watch You, Watch Me’ with its regimented yet loose sounding beat and whirling synths repeatedly makes me think of Elysian Fields and the up-tempo number has a heady sense of the afterlife to it. You can hear the influence of the recent chip-tune resurgence cropping up throughout this record. Finale ‘Materials’ has a clear-cut sentient robot vibe to it and that thumping bass makes it the most club-friendly track the quartet have ever made.

This record doesn’t so much strip-back their custom sound as rip it wide open, sometimes to their detriment. Tying it all together though is Ben Shemie’s vocals, which have become far more confident. The subdued whispers on ‘Control’ grow into confident declarations all the while complimented by a bilingual recording musing on reality. This straight talking confidence continues onto the feelings drenched ‘Make it Real’.

Suuns have always oozed an unabashed intellectualism from their highly trained jazz school avant-garde. The future-pop of ‘Peace and Love’ takes that same formula and makes the interruption of a smooth sax more palatable for a larger audience. While leaving behind their tightly tweaked gothica has allowed Suuns to embrace their lighter side, that’s not to say there’s no pressure here. The sonic synthesiser and frazzle of feedback on ‘Daydream’ is fraught with tension.

Felt is a surprising addition to their canon of work, which 2016’s Hold/Still deftly hinted they were capable of. While it may not be what long time Suuns fans are after, it’s sure to gain them some new listeners, who shall no longer feel alienated by their intense grooves.