Thursday, January 5, 2017

New music: SOHN - Hard Liquor

Esteemed producer and part-time knitwear model SOHN is probably best known for his work with Banks and Lana Del Rey. His solo efforts, while building engrossing sonic universes, have never really had the melodic potential of those collaborations.

That changes on his new single, Hard Liquor, which has a looser, more soulful vocal than we've come to expect. Perhaps that's because it was initially intended for his friend, singer Sam Dew.

"Originally I had imagined Sam singing it - he has this incredibly soulful voice - and that gave me a certain lyrical and melodic freedom that I never imagined coming out of my mouth," he says. "It ended up being a blueprint for the whole album and resulted in the entire record feeling very direct and free.”

That record is his new album, Rennen, due out next Friday. On this evidence, I'll be paying close attention.

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