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Built To Last
on 21 April 2014
SOHN, or Toph Taylor, as he is better known to his family and friends, has
delivered a very fine debut indeed with his album 'Tremors'. His music has
some degree of kinship with artists such as James Blake and San Francisco-
based producer Brendan Angelides (Eskmo). He has a gentle vision and a
perfectly beautiful voice; pitched high on the stave and possessing an almost
otherworldly quality which quietly inhabits his compositions like a soulful ghost.
His use of electronic frameworks and crisp beats for his vocal inventions never
gets too carried away. His innate musicality always keeps something in reserve
which results in some truly enchanting moments. The machines never take over.
The most full-bodied number in the set is 'Artifice', built on a solid rhythmic base
which supports a particularly strong vocal performance but elsewhere the fragility
and cunningly fragmented structures of pieces such as the beguiling opening track
'Tempest'; 'The Wheel' with its sumptuous cut-and-paste harmonies and clickety-
clackety beats and the deliciously minimal bubbling funk of 'Lights' convincingly
demonstrate that Mr Taylor is very far away from being a one-trick sonic pony.
The stunning 'Bloodflows' (his finest moment) is alone worth the price of purchase.
Watch this space. I have a strong feeling that SOHN is destined for the big time.