Sohn Tremors on LP
Informed by a rich legacy of electronic music, Vienna-based Londoner Sohn creates a sound that blends his haunting vocals with a backdrop of analogue drum machines and synths, which makes nods to the past, but always forges forward into the new. Aside from emphasizing the soulfulness of his voice, his lyrics expertly play with the phonetics of language, wrapping his sonorous vocals around the gaps between sentences and lending those words more prominence.
Sohn's 2014 debut album 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 Sohn adopting a night-time schedule for an intense period of long nights writing and recording in his Vienna studio.
"I wanted Tremors to feel like fresh air," says Sohn. "There's something about the way I was working overnight on the album which found its way into the sound. Every night I worked finished with a cold sunrise and a walk home...and to me that's what Tremors sounds like."