SWEET GUM TREE
Support: Geoffrey Le Goaziou
Promoter: Dreamy Bird
Drifting further leftfield from the song form into cinematic soundscapes on Sweet Gum Tree's third full-length, Gallic multi-instrumentist Arno Sojo reasserts his natural inclination for nuance, mood and texture, cultivating his own aesthetic in a beautiful collision of the intimate sphere and the wide open space. The man behind Sweet Gum Tree has played over eighty shows in seven countries, and collaborated with such luminaries as Isobel Campbell, Heather Nova, Earl Harvin (Tindersticks), Marty Willson-Piper (The Church) and Ken Stringfellow (R.E.M., Posies). With his smoky, sensual voice and romantic presence, Arno Sojo embodies a distinctive kind of elegance which has led critics to draw flattering comparisons, from Elliott Smith to David Sylvian or Nick Cave.
A true child of the seventies, Sojo wished to record and mix his new material straight to tape, using vintage analog equipment with according methods of work. This was made possible at Studio Kerwax, located in the heart of Brittany. A tight quintet gathered with sound engineer Christophe Chavanon to produce the warm timeless sounds of "Silvatica". New recruit Erik 'Raggy' Sevret (from French dub masters Zenzile) works his sax magic, breathing further life into Sweet Gum Tree's lush sonic forest.
Geoffrey Le Goaziou
Folk singer-songwriter Geoffrey Le Goaziou composes scintillating and intimate music, inspired by wide open spaces and nature. Influenced by the compositions of Jeff Buckley, Villagers or The Tallest Man on Earth, Geoffrey le Goaziou draws his inspiration from modern folk, pop music or rock. He creates/develops an introspective universe, soothingly depicting a sometimes redundant daily life.