Sivu – Sweet Sweet Silent (2017)
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Under the name Sivu, British singer/songwriter James Page writes and records sophisticated, often darkly toned indie pop. Born in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, Page spent his teenage years playing bass in indie and punk bands, eventually moving to London to expand his musical horizons. Influenced by pop mavericks like Björk and Beck, he had already begun to work quietly on solo material when in 2011, he crossed paths with Alt-J’s producer Charlie Andrew. The two struck up a friendship and began working together, recording Sivu’s debut single, “Better Man Than He,” which was supported by an inventive music video of Page singing the song from within an MRI machine in London’s St. Bart’s Hospital. The release of a 2013 EP called I Lost Myself as well as a handful of other singles drew comparisons to artists like Wild Beasts, Gotye, and Alt-J, the latter of whom recruited Page for a guest spot on their 2014 album This Is All Yours. His debut album, Something on High, arrived in September 2014.
After two years out of the spotlight Sivu returns with his new album Sweet Sweet Silent, a loud and clear demonstration of the considerable talents of singer James Page. This is a record of extraordinary beauty driven by a sense of experimentation, inspired by the likes of Radiohead’s Amnesiac, Wild Beasts Smother and lifelong hero Richard Hawley.