Sohn, Mr. Little Jeans 17+ Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Fri., May 16, 8 p.m. 2014

One of the best experiences I had at South by Southwest in 2013 happened while I was walking along the Sixth Street drag downtown, which isn’t often a setting where good things happen. I heard the heavenly, stuttering vocal sample from Sohn’s “The Wheel” floating out of a nearby bar, and I came to a complete halt. I hadn’t thought I’d be able to catch any of Sohn’s shows, so I followed the sound and found main man Christopher Taylor and a handful of backup musicians playing by a window, bobbing along to their arty, sorrowful indie R&B. Last month Taylor, who was born in London but lives in Vienna, released Tremors (4AD), his debut full-length as Sohn. The album includes “The Wheel,” thankfully, but few of the other songs can match that single’s bold mysticism—a couple sound like little more than elegant beat-making exercises. Tremors has plenty of bright spots, though—at the end of “Lessons,” the way the chorus’s layers of pitch-shifted vocals melt together guts me every time, and that more than makes up for the weak tracks. —Leor Galil

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