I’m normally a fence-sitter when it comes to produced music, but Sohn’s new release, Tremors, has me reconsidering my position.
After a false start with a few very repetitive, somewhat over-produced tracks with elements that just don’t gel, Tremors soon gets on to the good stuff with ‘Artifice’. The track starts off strong, with multiple complimenting layers, before Sohn’s vocals come in and an African-esque drumbeat continues throughout. Unlike its predecessors, this track feels natural and flows seamlessly from start to finish. From here on, Sohn manages to deliver song after song, and each success makes you forget about his failures early on.
Whilst being successful, each song is also completely different from the last. ‘Bloodflows’ is a slower number, where Sohn’s vocals are the standout and are smooth as silk; then, ‘Ransom Notes’ is a dark, broody track. Occasionally Sohn drifts into dance territory, with ‘Lights’ and ‘Lessons’ producing beats that would suit many of the clubs in Geelong.
Unsurprisingly, Sohn closes with his strongest track, and title track, of the album Tremors. This is another easy listen, where Sohn’s vocals are the standout and aren’t ruined by too many elements.
As the album comes to a close, you kind of get a new sense of the album name. Aside from being highly emotive, the sound of each song has an underlying tremor to it. Whether this was intentional or not is unclear, but it certainly makes the album stick.
Written by Amanda Sherring