Form and Void: Who is Sujo?

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Hello, and welcome back to Form and Void. When we left off, you guys were enjoying the soothing sounds of Herukrat and Machismo, and our beloved editors were shaking their heads wondering how things had gotten so out of hand. Much time has passed, your pal Edward has covered heavy metal since (much to the delight and admiration of those same editors), but this story has been brewing for some time. This edition of Form and Void was born out of a story which I started but did not complete, and:

a) permanently shelved said article which caused me to sob about it in therapy

b) set my laptop computer on fire which caused me to accidentally burn down my condominium complex

c) emailed the editors in a panic asking if one of them could pretend to be me to finish the story

d) discovered a then-new-to-me-artist and broadened my musical and my noise-ical horizons through research and listening

Can you guess the correct answer? It’s d. The correct answer is d. If you are hoping for another vocal heavy, blasting power electronics album you might be disappointed until our next go-round (unless I’m fired from the site entirely for that – god damn it Edward, you’re fired. More power electronics? We’ve had it. Enough of this shit. You’re fucking fired. Clean out your desk immediately). The artist I discovered was Sujo.

This is the first and title track from Sujo’s Eliat, released in 2011 on Quiet World.

Information about the man behind the Sujo moniker is limited. His name is Ryan Huber, he runs a label called Inam Records, and he has an additional noise project called Olekranon (SOURCE). I believe he hails from Dartmouth, MA. He has been referred to as a legend by at least one person on the internet. He does not have a website, Bandcamp for Sujo, or music available on Spotify. Music reviewer Chaim Drishner believes this is intentional to let the music speak for itself. Sujo creates a compelling mixture of sounds which writers have labeled black metal, dark ambient, doom, drone, electronics, industrial, jazz, noise, post-rock, and shoegaze, among others.

Sujo’s earliest albums were self-released in extremely limited physical quantities on his Inam Records label. In fact, much of his work is very difficult to track down! Lucky for you, dear reader, some of his music has surfaced for mass consumption through the hands of others. These albums will be the focus of my coverage here today. You can hear the fourth track “Entebbe” from Sujo’s Kahane (2012) here.

Sujo & Sun Hammer | Fistula | Inam Records | 2012

Sujo + Sun Hammer - Fistula


Sujo | Repent + Ondan | Auris Apothecary | 2013

Sujo - Repent + Ondan


Sujo’s 2012 collaboration with Sun Hammer, Fistula, is an exercise in moving between minimum and maximum volume. This album is methodically constructed. The first track, “OSD”, opens with the sound of scraping on a microphone, and moves between subtle droning to a crescendo of noise. The album follows suit. Like a drone/noise Pixies album, the loud/quiet/loud formula is played to great effect here. There are two interesting things about this. First, I almost always prefer my noise with vocals. Without vocals, noise is just that. Fistula has retained my interest over several listens without a powerful or menacing vocal performance. Second, this album to quite pleasant, which is a stark contrast from the type of noise covered in this column previously.

Repent + Ondan is a combination of two 2013 Sujo CD releases, picked up by Auris Apothecary. Repent + Ondan is far removed from the drone of Fistula. It contains drone and noise elements, but much more is on display musically. Songs range from driven industrial numbers, to sample constructed black metal, to soaring shoegaze; the variety on display here is almost dizzying. Two immediate standouts are the tremolo-filled “Ondan” and the clanging “Gaol”. Separately, Repent and Ondan are the last known Sujo releases. Repent + Odan is available via Bandcamp; it’s over an hour of music for only $3.00. This appears to be the longest break in his activity since 2008. I discovered a year old “dronegaze” collaboration featuring Ryan Huber, but I hope we have not heard the last of Sujo.




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  • Scrimm

    I was hoping it was option b.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I think a) was the funniest, lol

  • Brouroboris

    Thank you noisy ed.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    masterful

    play “safian” in op—full vol
    1st vid–muted—2nd vid 50%vol
    https://youtu.be/pPkAmadYlwU

    https://youtu.be/kgkdCVAZTr8

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    Dis sounds like my kinda stuff. Thank you Based Ed.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      Out of all of this stuff, I prefer the Ondan half of the second album, he does a lot of different stuff on there (in case that wasn’t already clear!)

  • Enema For The Free World

    SärräyrääräähkpoxSKRIIEEAAAKKKKKGHFOUM!

    In other news I’ll be listening to this shortly, Eggward

    • Enema For The Free World

      Went through the first song and some stuff from Fistula, so far it’s good but not really specielle. I did enjoy the drone of Fistula though, sounds good for my after midnight trips to the forest.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    My answer to the question posed by the headline was this. I either drank too much of it, or am developing dyslexia.

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/a2/Soju_jinro_gfdl.jpg

    • Enema For The Free World

      …Aaaaannnndd now I want sake. So fucking bad.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      I wonder if this is where he got the name. I don’t have the answer to that, lol

      • Enema For The Free World

        This is SOJU though, so I doubt

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          Oh shit, you’re right. I was squinting at it.

          • “Drinkin’ soju at the hojo” should be a song lyric.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            For a deathcore band.

  • Tyree
  • Guacamole Jim

    This is very cool shit.

  • Tyree
    • Dagon

      I had this movie on my HD for a while but did not watch it yet. I’m saving myself to see if I can watch it while intoxicated.

      • Dr. Dubz

        This movie really disturbed me when I first watched it years ago.

    • Brouroboris

      I watched this a few days ago. Pretty good i guess if you’re into overexposed film and genital mutilation. Would watch again on mute with some Blut Aus Nord playing/10.

  • Great tunes ND! Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Edward/Breegrodamus

    I think I might set the record for least views and least comments for the site to date with this one. Most kvlt ToH writer ever, haha

    • To be fair….it is Friday…. on the first day of Spring. You my friend, are an awesome opossum. Don’t worry about it 🙂

      http://media.tumblr.com/e778b0380e4719168da9f69581ed1d4f/tumblr_inline_ne7at5Nc8v1sb09dz.jpg

    • Scrimm

      Wear it like a badge of honor.

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      You’re also the hottest ToH writer.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I dunno, a couple of these dudes are strikingly handsome.

    • Call the Slambulance

      They just don’t understand you. Drink a Pepsi and skate away from you problems.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        I wish there was an easy way to confirm my theory without actually checking like eight months worth of story’s views, lol

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Best advice ever!

    • Virgil the Ghost Poet

      Oh Edward.

    • Guacamole Jim

      🙁 If it means anything, i really enjoyed this one. That isn’t to say I haven’t enjoyed your other work, but the writing on this was awesome, and this dude puts out some killer shit.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Ah, I appreciate that Jim! Perhaps it was just bad timing or a poor featured image or a lack of community involvement. Whatever it was, I won’t let it interfere with the next thing I’m gonna tackle (whatever that may be)

  • Really, I’m not much into noise or whatever you classify this as, but I hit play on Repent + Ondan and I actually thought it was pretty good and an interesting combination of genres.

  • You all have a great weekend. I am bouncing out. Later!

    • Sir Tapir the Based

      Don’t tell me what to do!
      *has a bad weekend*

      • Virgil the Ghost Poet

        Have a good weekend Tapir!

        • Sir Tapir the Based

          Danks, you too.

    • Chicken Tender Gulag O Love

      Eat ’em up, tiger! Raaaaaaaaaaaaawr!

  • sweetooth0

    I’m digging the collab with Sun Hammer. Haven’t heard much noise that seems kinda chill at the same time. Most of the stuff I’ve listened too is the strictly punishing variety.

    • sweetooth0

      could make a cool score for a dark sci-fi flick

    • The Beargod

      Haven’t listened to the last of the four yet, but so far that is my favorite.

  • Dagon

    More pressing question than who is sujo:

    WHY A BITCH GOTTA LIE?

  • Max

    Fistula is really, really damn good. I’m gonna buy that at some point. It might actually be just about the best dark ambient album I’ve ever heard. I can really see this helping me through winter in a few months time.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus

      No shit? That made this all worthwhile, serious. As I mentioned I scrapped the previous article to this one and struggled to get this damn thing out, lol

      • Max

        When I clicked on it, I ended up listening to the whole album twice through – that’s how much I liked it. You’re fast becoming my broker for this stuff, Ed. Never give up.

        • Brouroboris

          Seconded. My interest in noise is a slow growing but tenacious one and your articles have contributed to it more than once.

  • Chicken Tender Gulag O Love

    Sounds good. I’ll check it out later, since I gotta get in the mood to listen to ambient/noise in general. Way to busy listening to tha widdlies and diddlies right now.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Di1tZ5Xmuok