SOHN has kick-started 2017 with a brand new single ‘Hard Liquor’, the bold and soulful opening track from his imminent second album Rennen.
Ahead of the album release next week on 13th January he will make his late night debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and this spring SOHN will also make his Coachella debut, performing both weekends at the festival.
A gutsy song to follow previous Rennen singles ‘Signal’, ‘Conrad’ and the title track, 'Hard Liquor' is accompanied by a slick black and white companion video, created by Jovan Todorovic and shot in Belgrade, Serbia. It can now be viewed online in the player below, or on Vevo here.
SOHN explains: “'Hard Liquor' has always felt like a really bold song for me to put out as SOHN… I wrote it with Sam Dew, a really talented friend of mine, and Sam also appears in the background vocals. Originally I had imagined Sam singing it - he has this incredibly soulful voice - and that gave me a certain lyrical and melodic freedom that I never imagined coming out of my mouth. It ended up being a blueprint for the whole album and resulted in the entire record feeling very direct and free.”
For his follow-up to 2014 debut Tremors, London-born SOHN traded Vienna for the warmth of Los Angeles, but the influence of his former home still lingers (Rennen is a German verb meaning ‘to run’). Resuming a nocturnal schedule – as he did with Tremors – SOHN spent a month writing alone in northern California, recording until the morning. An exercise in restraint, SOHN used only a handful of musical elements on each track, allowing the spotlight to shine on the vocals, melodies and rhythms.
Rennen will be released on LP, CD and digitally on 13th January 2017.
Pre-order the album on LP/CD from 4AD here.
Pre-order from all platforms here. Pre-orders from iTunes will get instant downloads of 'Hard Liquor', Rennen', 'Conrad', and 'Signal'.
In September this year, SOHN showcased new music at five sold-out club shows in London, Berlin, Vienna, New York and Los Angeles. Now with Rennen on its way, he has detailed a European and north American tour for next year, beginning on 13th February in his former home city of Vienna.
13th - Arena, Vienna, Austria [Tickets]
14th - Technikum, Munich, Germany [Tickets]
15th - Magnolia, Milan, Italy [Tickets]
16th – PPC, Graz, Switzerland [Tickets]
17th - Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin, Germany [Tickets]
18th - Kantine, Cologne, Germany [Tickets]
20th Debaser Strand, Stockholm, Sweden [Tickets]
21st - Parkteatret, Oslo, Norway [Tickets]
22nd - Koncertuset Studio 2, Copenhagen, Denmark [Tickets]
23rd - MOJO, Hamburg, Germany [Tickets]
25th - Melkweg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands [Tickets]
26th - Botanique, Brussels, Belgium [Tickets]
27th - La Maroquinerie, Paris, France [Tickets]
1st - Electric Brixton, London, UK [Tickets]
19th - Trees, Dallas TX, US [Tickets]
20th - White Oak Music Hall (Downstairs), Houston TX, US [Tickets]
22nd - Terminal West, Atlanta GA, US [Tickets]
23rd - Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro NC, US [Tickets]
24th - 9.30 Club, Washington DC, US [Tickets]
25th - Warsaw, New York NY, US [Tickets]
26th - Irving Plaza, New York NY, US [Tickets]
29th - Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA, US [Tickets]
30th - The Sinclair, Boston MA, US [Tickets]
31st - Fairmount Theatre, Montreal QC, Canada [Tickets]
1st - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON, Canada [Tickets]
3rd - Thalia Hall, Chicago IL, US [Tickets]
4th - Majestic Theatre, Madison WI, US [Tickets]
5th - Triple Rock, Minneapolis MN, US [Tickets]
8th - Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver BC, Canada [Tickets]
9th - Neptune, Seattle WA, US [Tickets]
10th - Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR, US [Tickets]
12th - The Regency, San Francisco CA, US [Tickets]