Listen: Sivu – “I Lost Myself”

7 Oct

Sivu I Lost Myself

We often talk about artists going from strength to strength, improving with each release and seeing their sound develop, evolve and get better and better. The thing is, there are an awful lot of artists out there doing this, making fantastic music that just sounds great each time you hear it and that is then surpassed with their next release.

Sivu is an artist engaging in this kind of musical advancement right now. Much has been made already about how his latest tune, “I Lost Myself”, is his most accomplished and rich sounding yet. Because it is. When you consider that he started out with the sublime and heartwrenching ”Better Man Than He” and has a number of subtly brilliant releases since then, you know that the benchmark has been set pretty darn high. Yet here he is, once again proving that he is a real musical force and one that will no doubt be cropping up on a lot of year-end and new-year-preview lists in the coming months (yes, it really is almost that time of year again).

‘Write what you know’ is the old adage and for one so relatively young (mid-twenties is still considered young yeah?) he has certainly been exposed to quite a lot of darkness and pain already. Of “I Lost Myself”, he says it is inspired by the drug and alcohol culture he became exposed to when he moved to London and “the idea of getting bogged down by life, and wanting to go and destroy yourself”.

That comes through in abundance, the need to dig oneself out of a hole, a rut and make something of your life runs through it like a solitary stream across a desert. There’s something almost aboriginal about “I Lost Myself”, aural Uluru, a kind of Ayres Rock-music if you will. It’s hot, lonely and a little bit wild with light tribal percussion entangled with music-box piano lines. Not to mention the spirituality about having to find yourself; taking a walk into the (metaphorical) outback leaving your day-to-day self behind and letting your inner voice call out, set you on your path.

That’s what Sivu appears to have done and his path appears quite clear at the moment, all roads point to critical acclaim and a burgeoning reputation as being a genuinely exciting new talent.

The ”I Lost Myself” EP is due out on 3 November and can be pre-ordered here and you can catch Sivu on tour around the country and beyond with London Grammar and then Stornoway as well as playing a show at Norwich Sound and Vision this weekend, details below.


See Sivu on tour:

October 12 Norwich Sound and Vision Festival
October 20 Cardiff Swn Festival
October 21 London Servant’s Jazz Quarters
October 22 Nottingham Rescue Rooms (with London Grammar)
October 23 Birmingham O2 Academy (with London Grammar)
October 23 Rotterdam Songbird Festival
October 24 Leeds The Cockpit (with London Grammar)
October 26 Manchester Sound Control (with London Grammar)
October 27 Glasgow Oran Mor (with London Grammar)
October 28 Newcastle Northumbria University (with London Grammar)
November 7 Caen Les InRocks
November 8 Paris Les InRocks
November 9 France Festival Les Inrocks
November 24 Birmingham The Institute (with Stornoway)
November 25 Nottingham Rock City (with Stornoway)
November 27 Manchester The Ritz (with Stornoway)
November 28 London Electric Brixton (with London Grammar)
November 29 Glasgow ABC (with Stornoway)
December 1 Cambridge The Junction (with Stornoway)
December 3 Dublin Button Factor (with Stornoway)
December 4 Belfast Black Box (with Stornoway)
December 6 Cardiff The Globe (with Stornoway)
December 8 London Barbican (with Stornoway)

Stalk Sivu: Website / Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud

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