Zachary Cole Smith has overcome a multitude of problems to make this intensely powerful album
Sohn - 'Tremors'
Secretive producer's gently classical, dread-soaked debut
All 11 icy nocturnes here come soaked in dread, from the gently classical ‘Tempest’ to arresting piano anthem ‘Paralysed’. Away from the complex production, tracks like ‘Bloodflows’ show off SOHN’s gift for a disarmingly simple lyric. “My love, my love, my love don’t love me,” he croons over a beat James Blake would covet.
Not everything captivates, though. The lumbering ‘Ransom Notes’ struggles to kidnap your attention, and ‘Lights’ ambles along with its synth noises that go nowhere. In a recent NME interview, SOHN said his secret talent was being able to solve Rubik’s Cubes. Like those puzzles, ‘Tremors’ is frustrating. But when the colours align it’s alluring and impressive.
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