Tremors

SOHN - Tremors
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #280 / 845
User Score
Based on 101 ratings
2014 Ratings: #181
April 7, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
4AD / Label
Art Pop, Downtempo / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

If you’re looking for the next Disclosure, you’ll be sorely disappointed in the lack of future garage plastic. If you want to dive into a gooey, spiritual bout of hypnagogic jamais vu, then Tremors will be your guiding light.

80
The Skinny

Running a policy of tight vocal loops, raindrop percussion, and hypnotic, membranous bass, these eleven tracks mark SOHN as an unflinching virtuoso.

80
musicOMH

Tremors is a remarkably assured debut from a musician who has clearly spent years honing his craft. It’s both expressive and inventive while still retaining that alluring degree of mystery.

80
DIY

'Tremors' is a record that's more 'now' than taking selfies next to a shelf full of cronuts. But it's a songwriting prowess that helps this album dodge any blog-fodder bullets.

80
AllMusic

The feeling of complete immersion in a particular feeling is deeply palpable, with every song smacking of loss, searching, and helplessness.

80
PopMatters

Often mournful yet rattling with intelligent, nervous energy, their emotional ambivalence only reinforces how purely they seem to make Sohn’s mind manifest; a true form of psychedelia that flows from his neuroses to billow into effervescent catharsis.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Tremors manages the feat of being both invigorating and mellow, and no matter how many layers of sound in which the songs find themselves wrapped up, electronic or otherwise, they remain painstakingly personal and human.

70
NME

In a recent NME interview, SOHN said his secret talent was being able to solve Rubik’s Cubes. Like those puzzles, ‘Tremors’ is frustrating. But when the colours align it’s alluring and impressive. 

60
Drowned in Sound

The main problem with Tremors is that it all starts to sound the same. There’s a clear distinction between some of the bigger sounding tracks that command the first half and the mellower second half, but the tracks within these halves are often indistinguishable from one another. 

Fallendomino
45
Escalating electronic beats with multiple failed attempts at catchy melodies. "Tremors" mirrors actual tremors in that each song is a collection of seemingly involuntary noises with no discernible structure. Although interesting at times, it is clear that SOHN is no James Blake or Disclosure.

Notable Songs: "The Wheel"
tha138
66
Modern folk activities in an earthy canvas.
Although not completed, they attract our interest.
dcspinks
95
I love this kind of stuff. Not a miss on the whole album.
76
Not as good as Autre Ne Veut or How To Dress Well, but a solid album that fit nicely into this R&B/Electronic blend genre.
aaron
80
This album has aged so very badly for me, but wow did I enjoy this album the year it came out
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#16/Clash
#47/PopMatters
#100/Rough Trade
/The Line of Best Fit

Track List

  1. Tempest
  2. The Wheel
  3. Artifice
  4. Bloodflows
  5. Ransom Notes
  6. Paralysed
  7. Fool
  8. Lights
  9. Veto
  10. Lessons
  11. Tremors
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