December 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
The Portland Arms
Portland Arms
129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB4 3BA
Simon Baker

Sivu is a singer-songwriter known by his adopted Finnish name (he’s James Page on his gas bill) and for a tremulous quaver that if it’s not falsetto certainly aims high. He sounds like a one-man Wild Beasts, which admittedly is easy to say of any male solo artist these days with a voice that isn’t as deep as a chopped and screwed Tyler, the Creator. He’s managed by ATC (Nick Cave, Laura Mvula), and he’s about to be signed to a major to work on an album with Alt-J’s producer Charlie Andrew, on the back of a couple of singles that occupy the polite middle ground between An Awesome Wave’s idiosyncratic indie and Hayden Thorpe and Co’s neo-operatic pop, with a dash of Gotye’s textured Australiana. The accompaniment, whoever is responsible for it (our info just mentions Sivu, no other musicians), is ornate but not overblown, going beyond the usual bass and drums,. The lyrics, evincing a preoccupation with the religious, point towards a sensitive individual, not a Liam Gallagher type.” –The Guardian

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