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.
Having tantalised with ‘The Wheel’, ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, SOHN has added the final touches to his debut solo album. Eagerly anticipated, Tremors will receive its worldwide release in the week commencing April 7th 2014.
Tremors is the way in which past traumas, as much as past successes, linger like the aftershocks of an earthquake. Even in the calmest moments its effects continue to reverberate and inform who we become. Throughout the eleven songs that form Tremors runs a sense of the nocturnal – a sensitivity to the darkness and its inhibitions – with London-born SOHN adopting...
Following a successful run of shows at the end of last year – including two sold out debut London shows – SOHN has announced a Spring tour of the UK, Europe and north America. A full list of shows can be found below. Tickets go on sale on 31st January.
Recently, the London native stepped in front of the camera for the first time to perform a stunning unplugged rendition of ‘Tempest’, a new song that will feature on his impending debut album...