Sohn (musician)

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Sohn
Birth name Christopher Michael Taylor
Born 27 August
London, England
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active 2012–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website sohnmusic.com

Christopher Michael Taylor,[1] professionally known as Sohn (stylised as SOHN), is an English singer, songwriter, and record producer.[2] Following the release of the 2012 EP The Wheel through Aesop, he was signed by 4AD.[3] He released his debut album, Tremors, on 7 April, 2014 followed by Rennen in January 2017.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Taylor was born in South London and developed an early interest in music.[6] After four albums, Taylor dissolved his successful project Trouble Over Tokyo and reinvented himself as Sohn. In August 2010, he released the first two songs "Warnings" and "Oscillate" under the Sohn moniker through his Soundcloud page. A month later his first EP was announced by the London-based Aesop label.[7] The songs "The Wheel" and "Red Lines" were also streamed online, picking up critical acclaim.[8][9][10] The EP The Wheel was released on 5 November 2012 in both digital and vinyl formats.[11] The same year he relocated to Vienna, Austria.

On 19 April, 2013, 4AD announced that it had signed Sohn.[12] This news coincided with his first official release through 4AD, "Bloodflows", which Pitchfork described as "a vocal showcase and SOHN's most sorrowful, powerful success yet."[13] and GorillaVsBear mentioned as "simple but mesmerizing and extremely effective video".[14] The single peaked at number one in the Amazing Radio chart on 12 May.

On 11 September, 2013, the follow-up track "Lessons" was published online.[15] Released on limited 12" vinyl on 25 November, 2013, the accompanying video was directed by Olivier Groulx and premiered by Dazed & Confused magazine.[16]

Sohn's debut album, entitled Tremors, was released in the week of 7 April, 2014, with the lead single being "Artifice".[6]

In 2015 Taylor moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a producer for Aquilo, Banks, and Kwabs,[17][18] before moving to Sonoma where he began work on his second album.[19]

In 2015 Taylor released the song 'Carry Me Home' as part of the Insurgent soundtrack. The song is played over the ending credits.[citation needed]

In August 2016 the single "Signal" was made available through streaming platforms.[20] It was supported by a video featuring actress Milla Jovovich.[21] Sohn released a lyric music video of his second single titled "Conrad" on 8 November, 2016.[22] The album Rennen was released on 13 January, 2017.[5] The tour in support features a live drummer and the vocalist Nylo.[23]

Taylor is married with one child.[24]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[25]
AUS
[26]
AUT
[27]
BEL
(FL)

[28]
BEL
(WA)

[29]
FRA
[30]
GER
[31]
IRE
[32]
NL
[33]
SWI
[34]
Tremors 31 60 12 20 75 83 64 83 42 23
Rennen
  • Released: 13 January 2017
  • Label: 4AD
  • Formats: CD, LP, digital download
96 9 21 107 162 26 56 22
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details
The Wheel
  • Released: 5 November 2012[35]
  • Label: Aesop
  • Formats: 12", digital download

Singles[edit]

  • 2013: "Bloodflows" (4AD)
  • 2013: "Lessons" (4AD)
  • 2014: "Artifice" (4AD)
  • 2014: "The Chase" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Signal" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Conrad" (4AD)
  • 2016: "Rennen" (4AD)
  • 2017: "Hard Liquor" (4AD)
  • 2018: "Hue/Nil" (4AD)
  • 2018: "Unfold" (Decca) (with Olafur Arnalds)

Writing and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Credits Written with: Produced with:
"Wrong or Right" 2014 Kwabs Love + War Co-writer/Producer Kwabena Adjepong -
"Alibi" Banks Goddess Jillian Banks -
"Waiting Game" Jillian Banks -
"Everything" 2015 Aqualung 10 Futures Co-writer Matthew Hales, Nicholas Ruth -
"My Own" Kwabs Love + War Producer - -
"Look Over Your Shoulder" Co-writer/Producer Kwabena Adjepong -
"Human" Aquilo Painting Picture of a War EP Thomas Higham, Benjamin Fletcher Aquilo
"Waiting" Co-writer Thomas Higham, Benjamin Fletcher -
"Gemini Feed" 2016 Banks The Altar Co-writer/Producer Jillian Banks Chris Spilfogel
"Lovesick" Additional producer - Tim Anderson
"Mind Games" Co-writer/Producer Jillian Banks, Timothy Anderson Tim Anderson
"This Is Not About Us" Jillian Banks, Dacoury Natche DJ Dahi
"To the Hilt" Jillian Banks -
"27 Hours" Jillian Banks, Ahmed Balshe, Daniel Schofield, Benjamin Diehl, Richard Munoz, Faris Al-Majed, Timothy Anderson Tim Anderson, DannyBoyStyles, Ben Billions
"Human" 2017 Aquilo Silhouettes Thomas Higham, Benjamin Fletcher Aquilo
"Waiting" Co-writer Thomas Higham, Benjamin Fletcher -
"Pathetic" Erik Hassle Innocence Lost Co-writer/Producer Kaj Hassle, Nicholas Ruth Nick Ruth

Remixes[edit]

Title Year Artist
"Ride"[36] 2012 Lana Del Rey
"Mecca"[37] 2014 Wild Beasts
"Where You Belong"[38] 2015 The Weeknd
"Gone Are the Days"[39] 2016 Honne

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songwriter/Composer: Taylor Christopher Michael". BMI. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Guardian Review" Harriet Gibsone, 'Sohn: Tremors review', The Guardian, 3 April 2014.
  3. ^ "SOHN Signs To 4AD", Dummy, London, 19 April 2013.
  4. ^ Milton, Jamie (7 April 2014). "SOHN: 'I Want To Be Able To Say Less And Mean More'". DIY. No. 54. pp. 15–19. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  5. ^ a b Aroesti, Rachel (2017-01-12). "Sohn: Rennen review – affected modern blues with some intriguing touches". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  6. ^ a b Rubenstein, Holly (April 7, 2014). "SOHN Is Now". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  7. ^ News (25 September 2012). "Aesop Label". S O H N – The Wheel. aesoplabel.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  8. ^ "SOHN – New Band of the Day".
  9. ^ "Dummy 'The Wheel'".
  10. ^ "Abeano 'The Wheel'".
  11. ^ "SOHN – The Wheel (vinyl)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
  12. ^ "SOHN Signs To 4AD".
  13. ^ "Pitchfork Single Review". Pitchfork.
  14. ^ "Video Premiere – SOHN Bloodflows", 4AD, London, 18 April 2013.
  15. ^ "Listen to 'Lessons' by SOHN", 4AD, London, 11 September 2013.
  16. ^ "SOHN 'Lessons' Premiere".
  17. ^ Murray, Robin (17 January 2017). "In Conversation: SOHN". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  18. ^ Samuels, Gabriel (26 January 2017). "Aquilo interview: heartbreak, hygge and why two is the magic number". The Independent. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  19. ^ Richards, Will (11 January 2017). "A new beginning: SOHN". DIY. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  20. ^ "SOHN is back - hear new single "Signal" now". thelinebestfit.com. Retrieved 2016-09-01.
  21. ^ "SOHN – "Signal" Video (Feat. Milla Jovovich)". 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-12.
  22. ^ "SOHN releases second single "Conrad" from "Rennen" his upcoming album".
  23. ^ "SOHN on new album Rennen - The Skinny". Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  24. ^ Bonkowski, Annett (6 January 2017). "SOHN and his personal race to bliss". NBHAP. Retrieved 2017-02-02.
  25. ^ "SOHN" (select "Albums" tab). Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  26. ^ Peak chart positions for albums in Australia:
  27. ^ "Discography SOHN" (in German). austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  28. ^ "Discografie SOHN" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  29. ^ "Discographie SOHN" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  30. ^ "Discographie SOHN" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  31. ^ "Discographie von SOHN" (in German). Offizielle Deutsche Charts. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  32. ^ "Discography SOHN". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  33. ^ "Discografie SOHN" (in Dutch). dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  34. ^ "Discography SOHN". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  35. ^ Fitzmaurice, Larry (25 September 2012). ""The Wheel" by SOHN Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  36. ^ "Premiere: Lana Del Rey – "Ride (S O H N Remix)"". Pigeons and Planes. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  37. ^ Breihan, Tom (9 July 2014). "Wild Beasts – "Mecca (SOHN Remix)"". Stereogum. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  38. ^ "Fifty Shades of Grey (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Remixed) by Various Artists". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  39. ^ Hunt, El (7 January 2016). "SOHN has remixed HONNE's 'Gone Are The Days'". DIY. Retrieved 11 February 2017.

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