When he is not in front of his screen, he writes. He raps about love, about the feelings that make and break men. Suzuya invades the heart and the guts of those who listen to him.
A woman’s face, a skull which seems to devour her neck, in the heart of a red fabric. This is the sublime and macabre cover of his new album to be released in December by E47, “Là où les Coeurs se Pendent”. It was designed by Takato Yamamoto, a cult Japanese painter, repository of the Heisei aesthetic and adept at ero-gore. Suzuya’s record tells about love and its drifts, the toxic and the intense, the beautiful and the ugly, the eternal and the ephemeral.
Yes, Suzuya has this fascination for Japan. If it comes to him from animes and playful virtuality, he then wanted to deepen, to dig the Japanese reality. Direction the country of the rising sun. There he discovered a whole culture, legends, gastronomy, and learned to love his cinema. This trip, it was necessary to make something of it. So it will be “Là où les Coeurs se Pendent”.
The intro of the disc was composed by Akira Yamaoka, another Japanese artist, composer of numerous musics for video games, including Silent Hill, one of Suzuya’s favorite games. Sahé Cibot, a French-Japanese specialist of Japan, put Suzuya in touch with Japanese beatmakers, singers and producers. Throughout these 12 tracks, Japan is a ghost that runs through Suzuya’s music.
He wants to disturb, to destabilize, to take the listener towards regions where feelings reveal all their complexity. The art of contrast. Suzuya evokes the Yandéré, these characters who, behind an appearance of softness, can reveal themselves dangerously obsessive. We find on the track “Ouvre les Yeux” a feat of the Japanese rapper Edward, 20 years old, phenomenon on the other side of the planet, adept of an underground trap and without concession. On “Voleuse d’âmes”, Suzuya cries, screams, threatens, accompanied by the voice of Hikari, the Japanese cosplayer singer, accentuating this impression of dream. One thing is sure: her songs mark the spirits. They vibrate. Magnitude 10 on the scale of wounded but furiously alive hearts.