SOHM Delivers Self-titled Album, an Ode to Music Old and New
By Nadia Sobehart
Denver-based artist SOHM brings rock and folk elements to his latest work, the self-titled album, “SOHM.” His newest work is a steady mix of slow rock, folk, pop, and experimental rock. “There are no drums, so I feel weird calling it rock, but then I listen to the tracks and it feels ballad-y, like early 70s rock,” explains SOHM. No matter the genre, his music is a testament to musical talent.
The nomadic artist spent his young adult years throughout several U.S. states, eventually settling in Denver, where he is now based. In Nepal, where he was born and raised, he grew up on early 1960s and 70s influences and proceeded to listen to metal, thrash, and old rock n’ roll. Once he came to the U.S., SOHM began to listen to pop and rap, as well as ethnic, folk, and world music. Among his influences, he cites everyone and everything from renown rock musicians to ethnic and folk tunes. It’s safe to say that SOHM is a global artist, weaving parts of his life and influences into a cloth of music uniquely his own.
SOHM describes his latest work as “some kind of experiment” with social undertones. The album features a variety of songs ranging from philosophical queries to love songs—in fact, one song is even about a tree. “Each song has an individual message,” says the artist. “I wrote this album during COVID. I used to be active in music when I was younger then stopped until the pandemic, when I picked up the ukulele and started writing songs again. During reflective moments in the afternoon, songs started coming to my mind.”
His process involves writing the music first and then focusing on the lyrical elements. “The tune has to be good. Generally, it’s the tune that sticks no matter what the genre. If I have a good tune in my mind, I’ll put in the lyrics. If the words stick, then I’ll sit down and write something that makes sense with the theme of the sound.”
“My background is songwriter. I’m an 8/10 songwriter and 3/10 singer,” jokes SOHM. “My songs are very personal. They’re outtakes / observations of the world and my ideologies about the world and universe.”
What’s up next for the artist? At present, SOHM is letting things unravel organically. From touring to placements, the options are endless for the artist, who is more concerned with filling the gap that currently exists in music than rushing any one aspect of his career.
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