With his debut album Tremors set for release on 4AD this Spring, SOHN has rapidly become one of the most exciting names in electronic music over the past year.
Contrasting an anxious minimalism with the strident clarity of his voice, debut single âThe Wheelâ invited critical acclaim late in 2012 with Pitchfork praising his unique approach and The Fader describing it as âthe expert blend of doleful voice and studied percussionâ. As excitement continued to build following packed shows at SXSW and remixes of Lana Del Rey and Rhye, he signed to 4AD in the summer of 2013, releasing singles âBloodflowsâ and âLessonsâ on limited 12â before writing and recording his debut album at the end of the year. A trait running through these releases is SOHNâs close interest in the use of language and assonance, using the space around his lyrics to inform the subtlety of his production and accentuate his soulful delivery. This attention to detail and emotive resonance has seen public praise from the likes of Miguel and Lorde, whilst Hype Machine, iTunes, Spotify and Billboard have all highlighted him as one of their picks for 2014.
Throughout Tremors there runs a sense of the nocturnal, a somewhat ineffable sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions. Owing much to his drive and self- discipline, he recorded through the night without the distractions offered by public transport âto ensure I didnât leaveâ. Born in South London, where he now spends less of his time, and initially taught to play guitar and piano, SOHN relocated to Vienna, Austria in 2010 where, immersed in its burgeoning electronic scene, his writing and production finds its inspiration between the calm serenity of the mountainous landscape and the busy hubbub of the city. Beyond his touted solo work, SOHN is also an established and much in-demand producer and songwriter, having recently produced âWaiting Gameâ for BBC Sound of 2014 nominee Banks, and âLast Standâ and âWrong and Rightâ for hotly tipped Kwabs, leading to writing sessions with a number of high profile acts in LA, along with further remixes commissioned by Disclosure and Angel Haze.
With his debut album Tremors currently making waves around the globe, and a summer of festival appearances in the offing, SOHN has announced new Autumn live dates, spanning the UK, European and north American continents.
The Vienna-based Londoner will begin his run of shows in London, headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire on September 12th, travelling across the UK for his first live dates in Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester and Liverpool. SOHN then crosses the Channel for a tour of Europe, returning to North America for a sixteen-date tour...
As the release of his debut album draws nearer, SOHN has taken time out to film a 4AD Session with filmmaker and photographer Andreas Waldschuetz in his adopted Austria. Recorded in the outskirts of Vienna, SOHN – flanked by his live band Albin Janoska (synths) and Stefan Fallmann (bass) – performed four songs from his album Tremors.
The creative partnership between SOHN...