Sivu releases new EP, ‘This Unfruitful Love’ (available now)
Listen to ‘This Unfruitful Love’
Praise for ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’
“A brave and beautiful album…music that might be by Thom Yorke, if the latter were friendlier” Sunday Times Culture
“Returning with unflinching honesty and beauty…remarkable” Dork Magazine
“An eerie, subtle thing…beguiling” Observer
“A meditative and beautifully introverted return” Clash
“A blooming opus that grows into something majestic” Line of Best Fit
“Sivu is proof that being kind to yourself, nourishing your visions and head space gently can give rise to the most authentic and pure realm of work and essence we are capable of” 405
Sivu’s beautiful new EP, ‘This Unfruitful Love’, is available today, containing his first new material since critically-acclaimed second album ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’. Last week James also played an intimate sold-out headline London show at King’s Place (with accompaniment from The Mangan String Quartet), following additional dates in support of John Smith.
‘This Unfruitful Love’ – together with ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ – mark a more contemplative but ultimately uplifting return from Sivu. The record was conceived in sometimes-exceptional circumstances: in particular, against the backdrop of James’ diagnosis with Meniere’s syndrome, a condition also shared by the likes of Ryan Adams which has seen his hearing increasingly deteriorate in the past two years (and for which he already needs to wear a hearing aid). Produced by Charlie Andrew (the Brit-Award-winner behind the likes of Alt-J and Marika Hackman), and inspired by the likes of Radiohead’s ‘Amnesiac’, Wild Beasts’ ‘Smother’, plus lifelong heroes such as Richard Hawley – what emerged proved to be worth fighting for. Lyrically, it’s 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. You are left with Sivu’s growing sense of the self-assured: here are songs about growing happy with who you are and what you have, instead of worrying about what your future might look like.
LISTEN to ‘Four Leaf Clover’