Daniel Woolhouse describes his music as, "sitting somewhere between real and synthetic," but the emotional impact of his musical alias Deptford Goth is about as human as it gets. Imbued with an intimate, intense yearning, perfectly matched to a seamlessly woven 'scape of synths, beats and dreamy, sad vocal, Life After Defo confirms the arrival of an astonishing new talent.
The album works as an entire piece, drawing the listener in and seducing with its tender and aching melancholy, but delivering an equally potent sense of euphoria, particularly on album highlights such as 'Feel Real' and 'Union'. He has been compared to James Blake in that electronically tweaked zone where synth-pop, R&B and soul meet; lovers of The xx may also recognise a kindred spirit. But the haunting electronic soul of Life After Defo feels very different to both, and three times as heartbreaking.
S O H N
Leaving the lonely nighttime streets of London for the mountainous landscapes of Austria, multi-instrumentalist and producer S O H N (pronounced Sonn) draws his inspiration from the dichotomy that exists between the two. Reacting to Vienna's legendary immersive electronic scene, S O H N has created a sound that blends his haunting vocal stylings with a backdrop of analogue drum machines and synths, mixing the worlds of old and new together to create a foundation for his tracks.
Aside from emphasising the soulfulness of his voice, S O H N's lyrics play upon the space that exists within language, twining his vocals around the gaps between sentences, and reclaiming the importance of words. Further contrasting the old and the new is S O H N's artwork, which has been created using the beautiful analogue images of Italian photographer Christian Pitschl.