Sounds Like: Thom Yorke's soul-loving younger brother
For Fans of: Rhye, the Weeknd, James Blake, Bon Iver after a feverish digital-editing session
Why You Should Pay Attention: With a string of chillingly pretty singles and a production/remix résumé including Disclosure and Rhye, English expat Sohn (a.k.a. Toph Taylor) has finally finished a debut LP, Tremors (4AD), a solo joint featuring his elegantly glitchy electro-beats and falsetto-laced high tenor. Songs like "The Wheel" and "Paralysed" show a lyricist unafraid of raw emoting. And his video clips show his taste for soulful minimalism extends to his music videos too – check the Weather Channel time-shift of "Bloodflows" and the desolate panic-attack meditation "Lessons."
He Says: "When I was a kid in school, I really enjoyed singing in front of people," he confesses, "but I hated that I really enjoyed singing in front of people. I hated what that meant – that I needed that confirmation from others. It took me a long time to come to grips with it."
Hear For Yourself: "The Wheel," a song about despair that seems as if voiced from beyond the grave. By Will Hermes