'Artifice' by SOHN.
SOHN - Artifice, from Tremors, out on 7 April on 4AD
The wait is almost over. The new SOHN single is more pop, more cheerful even, and has a fuller sound than his previous output under that moniker and that is just perfect for this time of the year when spring is lurking around the corner and good music sounds even better suddenly. The video is still super dark of course, but just don’t watch it or listen to the lyrics too carefully if you’re in a good mood.
Erik Hassle - Pathetic, produced by SOHN & Nick Ruth
This is the guy who wrote Shakira’s newest single Can’t Remember To Forget You. Wait, don’t stop reading just yet. Erik Hassle’s solo stuff is infinitely better. Yay for soulful pop!
Kwabs - Wrong or Right
British singer Kwabs exploded on the scene with his strong vocals and maintained interest partly due to collabs with producer SOHN. Now, Kwabs shares the captivating video for “Wrong or Right,” the lead single and title track for his forthcomingEP (out on Feb. 3 and streaming here).
Kwabs - Wrong Or Right, produced by SOHN
This is exactly my thing. I had a job interview at Warner Music once, and when they asked me why I wanted to work there, I said it’s the major label whose repertoire has the best cool:uncool ratio, and I meant it, and Kwabs is a great argument for this theory.
Country of origin: UK
SOHN - Tempest (Unplugged at Casino Baumgarten, Vienna)
Look, I am trying to be less gossipy, so I will not talk about a certain pair of ridiculous leather pants here; instead, I’m just going to admire the cinematography around the 1:37 mark and the still breathtaking voice of multi-talent SOHN, who is also working as a songwriter and producer around the world with A-listers and buzz acts.
SOHN will be on tour in Europe and the US from April until June with stops in Salzburg (4 April, Rockhouse), Dornbirn (5 April, Conrad Sohm) and Vienna (23 April, Arena).
Disclosure - Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar) (SOHN Remix)
What a combination!
Two crappy cellphone pictures of VELOJET and SOHN at Ahoi! Pop Festival, Posthof Linz, 1 November 2013
Roadtrips are generally great, but the Ink Music related ones are even better. This one had basil shots (possibly the best drink ever?), a lovely ride in the Inkmobil, so many Vienna resident Upper Austrians that it almost felt like home and four bands in one evening.
This is to show you that a) the Posthof was packed already for the opening act Velojet, and they really deserve such audience sizes, and it should always be like this - and that b) SOHN was also there and while he bored some, he mesmerized most others and I’m not entirely sure. I love it on record but can’t seem to find the patience for the live shows.
SOHN - Lessons
Running will get you blisters. Running might help you getting over something. Still, at some point you will be facing some disappointments of life in a cafe. There is also running alongside an industrial riverside. This video reflects everything this song is about. It is very powerful, but makes me feel kind of sad.
SOHN - Lessons
Holy Christ, if you happen to know a little bit about the development of SOHN, you can’t help but see a reference to his previous career in this track. (ETA: The lyrics of Lessons are about a person and not his career, it turns out. I take back the assumption.)
That SOHN draws some of his lyrical inspiration from ending it and starting anew became apparent already in The Wheel: I died a week ago / There’s nothing left / It’s caught on video. Hmmmm, that song must have been written mid-August, 2012.
SOHN - Bloodflows
OK, this is really the last video with forest content I will ever post. I’ve had enough. Come up with new locations, people.
SOHN - Bloodflows
Here’s another beautiful track by SOHN. “Bloodflows” is a tender synth pop track with vocals so gentle and seductive that you hope that the person he’s singing about comes back and loves him right.
Laura Mvula - Green Garden (S O H N Remix)
London-born, Vienna-based producer S O H Nshares his latest masterpiece - a remix of Laura Mvula’s “Green Gardem.” Mvula’s soulful vocals now sit atop a gentle head nodding beat, some well-placed handclaps, and an unexpected interlude. Stream it above.