Oen Sujet “…are a musical project hailing from the fertile creative pastures of Montreal, home to such artists as God Speed You Black Emperor, Arcade Fire and Chromeo. Spearheaded by composer/programmer/drummer John Winston Phillips, the lineup also includes Ananda X. Suddath on bass guitar and lead voice, Yumiko Kanao on keyboards and voice and Gabriel Evangelista on keyboards and voice.
Their meticulous, imaginative, thoughtful and perfectly formed pop music for the 21 Century leaves us blank, when we try to compare them to other artists but Robert Wyatt, Wendy Carlos, Gastr del Sol and ‘Fragile’ era Yes sometimes come to mind when we listen.
If at first ‘Life Given to Quiet Places’ may seem… intimidating with its rich tapestry of textures, complex time signatures and witty, subtle lyrics, a few listens soon transform their labyrinthine, marathon tracks into deeply engaging mini rock opera’s perfectly suited to even the most pop tuned ear … you may even find yourself singing along..
Its synth-prog, choral-math-pop, textural electro-acoustic folk music from the future…its like nothing we’ve heard before…and it’s really, very lovely.” – Loaf Recordings
Members John Winston Phillips – composition, drums
Ananda X. Suddath – lead voice, bass|guitar
Yumiko Kanao – keyboards, voice
Gabriel Evangelista – keyboards, voice
Oen Sujet don’t really sound like anyone else.