Photography: Colin Michael Simmons
Minneapolis-based solo project Suzie, backed by singer/songwriter Mark Ritsema, caught our attention early last year while touring tracks off his Emotional Distance EP—a humble six-track release, featuring one of 2015’s strongest indie singles, “Coffin in Houston.” His dreamy lo-fi sound is one that bathes in ’80s reverb, rolling out a sun-soaked palette that feels like wading inside a grainy dream sequence.
Ritsema’s latest track “Isn’t it Funny?” follows in this same path, with a hazy mid-tempo effect that’s not unlike a suburban prom band playing in some nostalgic rom-com’s final scene. It’s warm and blissful, campy and transporting, the Joe Burns-directed music video only heightening these sensations. The fuzzy, saturated clip resembles something you’d discover in an old movie store’s dollar VHS section and rip onto YouTube, which, of course, is a massive compliment. Fall in love with Suzie, below:
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