Roy Montgomery - Suffuse LP
Grapefruit Records

Roy Montgomery - Suffuse LP

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Despite praise and acclaim throughout his career, Roy Montgomery 
hates his singing. From his point of view, it’s done out of necessity, 
when he doesn’t have anyone else around to substitute. Roughly one 
quarter of Montgomery’s epic multi-album 2016 release R M H Q had 
his singing, and those are his least favorite tracks. 

Grapefruit has done the best they can to argue that his basso 
undertones are the center of his appeal throughout his entire body of 
work, from the first The Pin Group single on Flying Nun in 1981, 
through his work in Dadamah, Dissolve and on to his legendary 
’90s solo releases. However, is it a surprise he jumped at the idea 
of composing an album for other vocalists? This began as a series 
of alternate takes of the material on Tropic Of Anodyne, the tracks 
with vocals off his last release. That concept morphed into assembling 
vocalists to sing on new songs, and he conceived instrumental material 
that would fit each singer. Half of the songs came together, resulting 
in Suffuse. 

The album charts a slow progression from those who share 
similarities with Montgomery’s rumbling vocal technique to those 
who come at singing differently, with minute contrasts throughout. 
Haley Fohr (Circuit des Yeux) and Jessica Larrabee (She Keeps 
Bees) bring the first two tracks, with Katie Von Schleicher following 
with a raw expression of emotional loss, and the sisters Clementine 
and Valentine Nixon (Purple Pilgrims) expressing emptiness 
by stripping away words, weaving their voices together through 
Montgomery’s elastic webbing. Julianna Barwick adds drive and 
nuance to the foamy sonic waves of “Sigma Octantis,” as “Landfall” 
crashes in slow motion chaos over Liz Harris’s (Grouper) multitracked 
layers. These compositions generously embrace their guest 
leaders, and for the first time in his career, Roy Montgomery has made 
a cogent artistic argument as to why he shouldn’t be singing these 
songs himself.


All Words and Music by Roy Montgomery 
Vocals by: Haley Fohr, She Keeps Bees, Katie Von Schleicher, Purple Pilgrims, Julianna Barwick, and Liz Harris 
Additional Vocals by Emma Johnston & Arnie Van Bussel 


A1 Apparition 6:48
A2 Rain Bird 8:10
A3 Outsider Love Ballad No. 1 6:12
B1 Mirage 6:08
B2 Sigma Octantis 8:00
B3 Landfall 6:00

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