Futuristic Scandinavian electro meets British indie, with a touch of Asia
This week I discovered 24 year old Cornish singer songwriter James Page, who used the Finnish translation of his surname to produce his stage name of Sivu, with his music sounding like a hybrid of British indie with Scandinavian electro pop, that’s why I found his name strangely fitting, though he does mix things up and produce a sound that has subtle hints of Asian acoustic, this is best heard in his collaboration with Marika Hackman I Hold, or some of his later releases.
James uses this mixture of cultures and sounds to his advantage, producing a pretty unique sound that when combined with some superbly layered vocal harmonies, gives the songs a quite incredible power, both sad and happy at the same time, that’s why it is no surprise to me as to why he was chosen to support London Grammar on their 2013 UK tour and has started working on an album with Charlie Andrew, producer of Alt-J’s Mercury Prize-winning album An Awesome Wave.
According to the reviews, Sivu’s live performances are where he really shines, so if like myself you would like to experience this, your in look as he is appearing at a few different festivals over the summer, including Dot to Dot, Nottingham, the Great Escape, Brighton, Live at Leeds and Wilderness Festival, Oxfordshire, so plenty of chances to check him out in 2014.
Sounds like – Alt-J, Ryan Adams, Carousel, Gotye