SOHN’s talent is undeniable. Since his first releases he always received attention and plaudits as a singer and producer – including prestigious productions for Kwabs and Banks. His songs Bloodflows and The Wheel definitely deserved this appreciation, but somehow I was never totally sure if he would get the outmost of his already proved potential. In the run up to his debut-album ‘Tremors’ my concerns were confirmed: Artifice felt like the appetizer that I just wasn’t waiting for. It felt plastic and overproduced while SOHN excels in the more bare and warm tracks.
His debut-album kind of affirms this duality: one half of the album is beautiful, and the the other half feels overdone. The beautiful half of the album contains the more subtle and subdued songs like Tremors, Veto, and the already released Bloodflows and The Wheel. In contrast are the songs that are more aggressive in their production. Songs like Artifice, Fool and Ransom Notes don’t match with SOHN’s tender voice. It feels like SOHN’s biggest lack is the inability to bring his talents – both singing and producing – to a synthesis on ‘Tremors’.