It feels like I've been waiting for this forever. A quick check confirms that 'Edie's Dream' premiered back in November, but for all I care it may as well have appeared last June; since I first heard it, the wait to hear its parent album has seemed exceptionally long, especially because that track made a very late push for my favourite song of 2012, pretty much coming out of nowhere - in the same manner as debut album Zeroes QC did the previous year. They're a surprising band - and I wasn't expecting to fall head over heels in love with their sound right away, but that's precisely what happened - and then 'Edie's Dream' raised the bar: dreamy, hazy but completely focused, it found the Montreal quartet taking great strides forward, raising hopes that they could deliver an even better second album, Thankfully, those hopes haven't been in vain, with Images du Futur finding the band widening their sonic palette while managing to stay true to what made people sit up and take notice in the first place.

The album's predecessor made its restraint into a weapon, creating a foreboding atmosphere that paradoxically made the album sound that much more powerful, but Images du Futur is a much more expansive listen, opening with the thundering riffs of 'Powers of Ten' (a fitting title, as the band's scope seems to have widened exponentially), an immediate track that signals the band's new-found willingness to cut loose. It sometimes felt that Zeroes QC could have done with more moments of release. The dynamic shifts that were present on that album have crossed over into a much more expansive world, with 'Bambi' making much more sense in album context (even though it worked well when it was released as a single in late 2011), contrasting brilliantly with both 'Sunspot' and 'Holocene City'.

As full of surprises as they ever were, the band know how to structure their albums, and this accomplished record is no different, ending up in a completely different place than it started, with the ambient wash of the title track flowing wonderfully into the electronics-tinged closer 'Music Won't Save You', which builds steadily over 6 minutes but makes sure never to explode - that sort of gratification just isn't Suuns's style, after all. They may have loosened up a bit (and made an album just as good as their debut in the process), but the band still enjoy teasing the listener sometimes, and it's this kind of mischievous nature that runs through the album. They've always preferred to make the listener work for their reward, but the journey towards that eventual destination sounds much more exciting and immediate. I'm a big fan of both albums, but for different reasons - Suuns are continuing to push forward, and are developing into an impossibly exciting - and talented - group of musicians.