SOHN’S debut album of folky, bluesy electronica is one of the year’s most anticipated so far, with the Londoner having made a name for himself as an in-demand producer as well as an artist in his own right.
It’s good without being outstanding – he veers from inoffensive pop tailor-made to add edge to daytime radio (Artifice) to fearsome tunes you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley (Lessons).
What’s exceptional about him is ability to express emotions not just through lyrics – much of which are worryingly bleak – but through his music too, with Paralysed in particular reflecting his growing frustration through increasingly fierce beats.
And if much of it is a little too depressingly downbeat for all tastes, the title track’s sunnier disposition ends things on a refreshingly high note.
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