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(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #1459: Sivu

 
By on Wednesday, 26th February 2014 at 6:00 pm
 

Basically, if I do not manage to get an interview in Austin with James Page, better known by his stage name Sivu, I’ll consider SXSW 2014 a loss. He’s just released a brand new video for ‘Can’t Stop Now’. In typical Sivu fashion, the songs sounds weird, wonderful and like no-one else. It’s my understanding it was filmed in Los Angeles, which probably helped with making the video stranger than if it had been filmed in, say, London. (I mean, come on. At one point, Page is dressed in a green suit that is the exact shade of Gumby.) Eee, I’m getting excited about seeing him soon!

For more on Sivu, read my Bands to Watch from January here.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baWdAfMkmlo[/youtube]

 

(SXSW 2014 flavoured!) Bands to Watch #289: Sivu

 
By on Friday, 31st January 2014 at 12:00 pm
 

Let’s face it: there a lot of men out there trying to negotiate the choppy waters of electronic music as solo artists, with varying levels of success. The trick seems to be finding your own special niche in the already overcrowded electro market, something that this act has done well. And seemingly so quickly too.

James Page records and performs under the stage name Sivu (I think you know why he *might* have chosen a stage name now, right?), and it was just under a year ago that he released his first single, the critically acclaimed ‘Better Man Than He’. A recent press release reveals that Page used to be a call centre worker before he found his calling (no pun intended) as a musical artist, and his work since then hasn’t gone without notice: he placed on the prestigious amongst us music editors Blog Sound of 2014 long list. What else has Sivu been up to? Last summer, Burberry picked up on his music as well, grabbing him to film one of their famous acoustic videos. He supported Marika Hackman on a tour of England last month, which no doubt culminated from their collaboration on their Hype Machine-topping collaboration on 2013 track ‘I Hold’, which we featured on this MP3 of the Day post back in November.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_DyqtK6poeM[/youtube]

But the proof is in the music. There is something beautifully desolate about ‘I Lost Myself’, which was released as the lead single from the EP of the same name last autumn. Is it the sweeping music that feels effortless? Is it Page’s haunting voice itself? No, it’s everything coming together perfectly for something truly timeless. Page is currently working on his debut album with production help from Charlie Andrew (alt-J), and it’s expected to be released later this year. ‘Can’t Stop Now’, sounding awfully like he’s channelling Bombay Bicycle Club, should not to be confused with the early Keane song of the same name; it will be Sivu’s next single. Have a listen to the track at the bottom of this post; the single will released on the 24th of March on Atlantic Records.

Yes, you read that right. Atlantic. A major. You’re probably now wondering, why haven’t I heard of this guy before? With the single receiving its premiere radio play Monday night on Zane Lowe’s Radio 1 programme, it won’t take long for Sivu’s star to skyrocket. He’s scheduled to perform at this year’s SXSW and if you miss him in Austin, don’t come crying to me later. You’ve been warned.

 

MP3 of the Day #797: Sivu (feat. Marika Hackman)

 
By on Friday, 29th November 2013 at 10:00 am
 

Eclectic singer and electronic and guitar artist Sivu is currently on tour supporting TGTF friends Stornoway. No rest for the weary though; straight after the Stornoway tour, he will on a co-headlining tour with Marika Hackman that begins on the 10th of December in Brighton.

Ahead of that tour, here is a free download of a track he and Marika collaborated on, called ‘I Hold’. It all adds up to a Sivu lends electro eeriness to the track, while Miss Hackman provides her usual style of dreamy vocals. Haunting. Listen to and grab it for free below.

 

Sivu and Marika Hackman / December 2013 English Tour

 
By on Thursday, 28th November 2013 at 9:30 am
 

Electro guitar artist Sivu and singer/songwriter Marika Hackman (pictured above) are joining forces for a short co-headlining English tour in December. The tour starring two great up-and-comers starts up on the 10th of December at Brighton Hope. Tickets are available now.

Tuesday 10th December 2013 – Brighton Hope
Wednesday 11th December 2013 – London Lexington
Thursday 12th December 2013 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Friday 13th December 2013 – Manchester Gullivers
Satuday 14th December 2013 – Bristol Birdcage

 
 
 

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