When I first started listening to “music,” it was Jenny Lewis. We’ve had Florence Welch. Annie Clark. Kate Nash. Laura Marling…..Lily Allen. And I am telling you that the next one is going to be Stacy King. No, listen. Don’t roll your eyes at me.
I’m not going to throw around expletives for the sake of sounding like a swarthy man and/or in order to hyperbolize. Just trust me when I say that Sucré’s debut album is fucking awesome, and I impatiently await the day when Stacy’s tracked tag starts updating too frequently for me to check it.
The first time I sat down to listen to A Minor Bird (it’s streaming and on Spotify so you have no excuses), I had one of those giddy, stupefied experiences I pretty much only ever get when I’m listening to a new Radiohead album or something. Yes—it’s that good. The songs “Chemical Reaction” and “Endless Sleep” almost had me in tears.
The band is truly a collaborative force. Beyond Stacy King (née DuPree of Eisley non-fame) and her soaring vocals, we have Darren King (of MUTEMATH) and his bizarre but satisfying drums, and Jeremy Larson (creative genius) who takes an otherwise lovely record and turns it into an utter masterpiece full of weeping violins and dancing pianos. I don’t know what the hell a weeping violin is – maybe I should work on my vocabulary skills. Just know that he is a genius and if I ever make a movie dear God in heaven Mr. Larson will you please give me an original score?
“But what makes it so good?” you ask – “Why this, and not any other record on planet earth? What, am I made of money?” Okay, cool it pal. Deep breaths.
I think that, compared to the rest of the over-produced, pseudo-indie, complicated stuff out there right now, Sucré succeeds at being what the others merely aspire to be. Larson’s string arrangements and jarring compositions are not weird for the sake of being so. The guy is a classically trained musician with a very acute sense of that line between interesting and unlistenable. This isn’t Coltrane. This isn’t…I don’t know, MGMT?
This is OK Computer. This is PJ Harvey’s Let England Shake. It’s layered and head-scratching, and the more time you spend with it, the better it gets. “Chemical Reaction” is this album’s “Paranoid Android.” “Endless Sleep” its “England.”
Sucré also has the benefit of Stacy not only being a total babe (with the best voice in the biz for my money), but also having been at this music thing since she was 8-years-old. She and her siblings have been touring as Eisley since before Taking Back Sunday was even a thing. They were opening for bands like Coldplay when home-schooled Stacy was but a wee freshman. THIS IS INSANE TO ME. Though she sticks to singing her heart out and penning the songs for Sucré, Stacy is already a killer pianist and guitarist with a decade of road-experience behind her. So when they finally start touring this album around, people’s heads are going to explode from her talent/beauty/experience combination. BE PREPARED Y’ALL. And for the love of God go listen to A Minor Bird. The standouts:
- “When We Were Young” – the album’s first single, so you’re required to listen
- “Chemical Reaction” – words cannot describe…listen with good headphones
- “Stampede” – I hope and pray this is their next single
- “No Return” – it grows on you like a plantar’s wart
- “Endless Sleep” – equal parts Kate Bush and PJ Harvey, but wholly original