Killer release from this Montreal-USA-Toronto girl-boy-boy band that many people in this city love and adore. Known for a raucous and sweaty live experience, Sister Suvi ably transfer these good love vibes to Now I Am Champion, a heroic and heartily eclectic album that encapsulates the three main players' love of hip-hop, indie rock, free jazz and reggae. Believe it or not, Sister Suvi make these divergent genres work as one, channelled through their three voices, drums, ukulele and guitar. A shining example of why this city is so musically cool.
Steve Guimond, Hour Magazine
"Q: How did we know this record would be so amazing? A: We got our mitts on it early, so calling this one was a given. Q: Sure, but can a ukelele, guitar, and drums rock this much live? A: Uh, they pretty much blew the roof off our CMJ Day Party this year, so yes. Now they are champion.
" EAR FARM's Top Ten Bands to Watch in 2009
" Said the Gramophone
"...Sister Suvi. You don't know them. Their debut album's not even recorded yet. Merrill's got the big bad wolf in her gut, blow you down.[...]Sister Suvi use ukelele, drum-sticks and three part-harmony;[...] They've listened to the Velvet Underground's "Sweet Jane", to Yeasayer, Akron/Family, Deerhoof, and Islands (with whom they share a member). And then they carried their turntable through the streets, raised on poles, to see if they could catch starlight in their records' grooves.
Now all they need to do is make an album like this."
- Sean. www.saidthegramaphone.com
"Sister Suvi's home-made, off-kilter
songs shine like magic seeds, capable
of transforming the merely life-sized
into something taller than clouds."
"A puppeteer; a jazzer; a clarinetist most
recently linked to Islands; fiddle; classical guitar;
ukulele. Sounds pretty artsy, yes? Precious,
even? Perhaps. But the acoustic-based music
of Sister Suvi also sounds inspired – bare-bones
arrangements that put the emphasis on imaginative
lyrics, haunting vocals and arrangements that in the
case of tracks like Run Run Run find common ground between Nick Drake and Daniel Johnston."
"[with] THE HIDDEN CAMERAS at Hart House Rating: NNNN. Montreal/Toronto three-piece Sister Suvi blessed the hundred-plus patrons at the expansive Hart House performance hall with a relentless display of innovative, energetic (and alternating) instrumentation, so much so that lead singer Merrill was tinged crimson by the second song. Her comedic character carried the songs with impressive gusto, and her ukulele skills were not to be scoffed at, especially when she pulled out her violin bow and went to town with an even more animated display of performance power."
Said the Gramaphone