Englishman Christopher Taylor, better known as SOHN, is songwriter and musician now based in Vienna, Austria. His brand of electronica and dance music is emotional, clever and dark. While still relatively unknown in the United States, SOHN has been thriving in Europe with minimalistic beats and mesmerizing vocals that leave you wanting a little more. The singer-producer has released his sophomore album, Rennen, three years after his debut, Tremors.
Obviously in the EDM world, there are going to be some vocal distortions with auto-tuning and what not, but this is not generally the type of music that is going to be in the discussion of whether it is too distorted or legit vocals. With that said, SOHN does actually possess a talent vocally. That is pretty evident on the title track, “Rennen”. His falsetto vocals on the song, set against a simple melody on a piano and a small chorus of strings, are a highlight of his singing abilities.
While, similar artists like Banks, Disclosure and M83 might have a little more notoriety, do not discount the influence SOHN will have on EDM in the near future. And to be honest, his music is not just EDM or dance. His ambient-style music is dark and brooding with elements of pop and hip-hop too. It really is multi-genre music.
Pick up the follow-up release, Rennen by SOHN, on iTunes now.
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