Suspire – ‘On a Clear Day/Finally (so glad to meet you)’ [Clay Davis]

With the release of their self-titled debut album now imminent, Glasgow synth-rock four-piece Suspire have given fans a taste of what is soon to come with their new single, ‘On a Clear Day’.

Laced with pulsing rhythms and a soporifically repetitive guitar line, the track presents a softly textured synthscape of keyboards and overlapping vocal layers, in which both lead and backing vocals compliment each other perfectly.

However, despite powerful singing and carefully constructed lyrics, Suspire’s most appealing quality remains their instrumentation, which has developed steadily throughout the band’s career.

The distinctive synth work that seems to define ‘On a Clear Day’ is a relatively recent innovation for Suspire, and the B-side of their new single – ‘Finally (so glad to meet you)’ – is potentially an even better example of the band’s current sound.

Mellower fare than the energetic A-side, ‘Finally (so glad to meet you)’ lacks some of the lyrical depth of ‘On a Clear Day’, but still acts as an excellent showcase for the potent combination of dreamy synths and indie rock that marks the latest chapter in Suspire’s musical development.

Their self-produced debut album will be launched on September 3 at Glasgow’s Hard Rock Café.

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Words: Malcolm Higgins

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