Tremors is the name of his new album. Instead of “reinventing the wheel,” SOHN (Christopher Taylor) has created his own path – from production to lyricism. ”It’s about a memory of heartbreak and letting music trigger that in you. It’s sort of masochistic music listening… choosing to go into the darkness because you want to remember everything, even the bad stuff.” That’s been the approach for his solo work over the past couple years, and it’s paid off. Instead of filling space with layers of tracks, he uses it to accentuate the aspects of melody and rhythm that exist as primary elements in each song. His words are spread evenly, rather than jamming over-spoken thoughts next to each other. Upon first listen to Tremors, you may be surprised at how these characteristics, seen rarely in today’s pop music, solicit a very sincere feeling of emotion. Check out the video for “Artiface.”
Amazing. However, it’s not just his solo work that has the attention of the deep indie pop world. His work writing and producing with recent breakout artists Banks and Kwabs, among a couple soon to be mentioned pop stars, has been phenomenal. In an interview with Billboard last year, SOHN explained the energy behind his new music. “I’ve been going through it and there’s something there. I feel very, very good about it and I think it will be maybe quite surprising.” Surprised and blown away were among positive feelings felt when digging into Kwabs’ new EP, Pray for Love, just last month. The main standout for me is the uniqueness in which SOHN has used synths and electronic elements, instruments he said he didn’t start experimenting with until two years ago. The process for the new album was, as SOHN admitted, a lonely one. After a month of working every night, hardly speaking with anyone, and barely eating, SOHN finished his debut masterpiece, just four hours before tour. The process may sound dark, but the result is brilliant. Here’s the video for “Lessons.”
SOHN has also allowed his writing style to evolve, crafting simpler phrases with sometimes nonsense lyrics, turning them into something very significant and meaningful in the end. Tremors released April 7, 2014 and quickly preceded a busy touring schedule. SOHN just recently wrapped up the U.S. run and is now gearing up for China, Philippines, and Australia later this month. It sounds like it’s been a busy 2014 so far, and I’m already stoked for the next project from the Austria-based artist. If you don’t have the album yet, get your copy by clicking on the album art below.
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