Armando Suzette: “All Hallows Eve”
Armando Suzette is a project of Mateusz Tondera, the vocalist of the quite unremembered Cracow-based indie rock band White Rabbit’s Trip. Ditching the sharp-edged tone of the band, he put out an EP, Summer Quest, in 2010. It was a bit of a chaotic set of demos with surf accents redolent of early Animal Collective. However, “All Hallows Eve,” released on Halloween 2011, took a more concrete form and was Armando’s best production back then. Withdrawing from all remnants of rock, Tondera focused on synths and created a neat low-budget bedroom R&B sketch. Over the absolutely spartan background of keys and a terse drum loop, the astonishingly meandering vocal melodies are both charming and disquieting.
By Łukasz Konatowicz
(Originally published at Porcys.com in November 2011. Translated by Krzysztof Pytel)