Sivu has premiered the beautiful title track from his forthcoming second album, ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’, which will be released on Square Leg Records on July 7th. This follows recent single ‘Lonesome’, which has already picked up support across Radio 1, 6Music and Radio X, seen Sivu play a sold-out UK tour (as well as playing this year’s Glastonbury Festival). Further October dates are announced today. In addition Sivu will play an intimate show at Relevant Records on July 6th, info on how to get tickets here.
‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ is a light-footed skip into hyperspace, building beautifully from little more than guitar, beats and Sivu’s idiosyncratic voice into a string-drenched torch song (with a twist). Lyrically, ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ was in fact inspired by James’ diagnosis with Meniere’s syndrome, a condition that saw his hearing increasingly deteriorate in the past two years. “It’s an in-ear fluid imbalance,” Sivu says, “and I’m now deaf in my right air, which I need a hearing aid for. But Ryan Adams has a similar condition, and it’s about using these people as an inspiration.” The results are ultimately contemplative but uplifting, and one of Sivu’s most accomplished offerings to date (as detailed further on Sivu’s recent feature on Interview Magazine).
Second album ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ – despite sometimes-exceptional circumstances – is no doubt a record worth fighting for. Produced by Charlie Andrew (the Brit-Award-winner behind the likes of Alt-J and Marika Hackman), here are songs all about addressing one’s insecurities head on, but coming out the other side: whether self-doubt, inner gremlins, or the deterioration of mind (and body) as you grow older. Inspired by the likes of Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’, Wild Beasts’ ‘Smother’, plus lifelong heroes such as Richard Hawley, what emerges across ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ is a growing sense of the self-assured: of growing happy with who you are and what you have, instead of constantly searching for the great unknown (or, in the case of Sivu’s debut album, ‘Something On High’).
Written and recorded over two years between Cambridge, Brixton and very northern Scotland, ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ is nonetheless loud and clear on the considerable talents of Sivu.
October 4 | Shrewsbury | Henry Tudor House
October 5 | Bristol | Lantern
October 6 | Manchester | Band on the Wall
October 7 | Liverpool | Buyers Club
October 8 | Leeds | Brudenell Social Club
October 10 | Glasgow | CAA
October 11 | Newcastle | Cluny 2
October 12 | London | Cecil Sharp House