Today we have an exclusive première from Sweet Gum Tree, the new solo project of French songwriter Arno Sojo. His new project has taken him on a search for a smoother and more organic sound…after listening to Breathtaker below I don’t think you can deny he’s achieved the smoothness. Orchestral strings and jazz styled percussion and bass add to the whole floaty detached feeling of the track, more melancholic and personal than say the Cinematic Orchestra which potentially places a tick in the box for organic.
The track is taken from his forthcoming debut album The Snakes You Charm & The Wolves You Tame which was produced by David Odlum (Gemma Hayes) and Peter Deimel (Deus, Anna Calvi) at Studio Black Box in the French countryside. Arno is joined by a number of guest musicians including Scottish singer Isobel Campbell who duets on ‘Bird of Passage’. Tindersticks drummer Earl Harvin, as well as Marty Willson-Piper (from Australian legends The Church), two of Arno’s strongest influences, also play on the album and will join Sweet Gum Tree’s live band, along with a string section, for his first UK tour this winter, dates below:
18.02.14 BRIGHTON KOMEDIA
19.02.14 BIRMINGHAM (TBC)
20.02.14 LONDON UNION CHAPEL
Out February 3rd on Dreamy Bird / Cadiz Music. Pre-Order via Amazon.