Now, we have to be honest with you, we’re not really sure if Ambient-Americana is a thing, despite the likes of UNCUT trying to persuade us otherwise. Soundscapes of swirling instrumentation, twangy guitar, pedal steel distorted all out of shape and a general edgy-western feel hanging around the edges. If ambient-Americana is a thing, then it owes a debt to Twin Peaks, and tips a hat to Ennio Morricone as it’s ultimate progenitor. And if it is a thing then SUSS – the NYC-based trio of Pat Irwin, Bob Holmes, and Jonathan Gregg – are surely pillars of the scene.
‘Heat Haze‘ is taken from the new EP of the same name. The EP is a tribute in part to Gary Leib, one of the band’s original members, who unexpectedly passed away soon after these tracks were completed. It also acts as a soundtrack to a road trip across the USA, taking in influences from the South-West and the band’s home town of New York.