Siv Jakobsen came to my attention just before Christmas with a couple of new additions to her soundcloud page, from my play on the first of them "Stay Away" (a track taken from her debut EP For Those I Used To Know released last year and available via Bandcamp) I was smitten...
On "Stay Away", what begins as darkly strummed acoustic and haunting vocals soon becomes a lavish, organic beauty with swooping, luxurious instrumentation and ethereal harmonies intoxicating throughout. Siv's vocal tone is so natural, effortless and gorgeous and her musical landscape is full of such depth, grace and emotion that you soon pulled into a magical world of daydreams.
That new track "How We Used To Love" is equally impressive and perhaps indicative of the title, there's a deeper element of dark here with Siv's vocal bruised and contemplative around heartbroken sounding strings and mournful acoustic, however you want to look at it, the result brings tingles.
Siv starts her debut UK tour tonight in Nottingham with two London shows penciled in (both on Wednesday's and thus rendering me unable to attend). The full dates are below, you should go if you can.
13th January – Malt Cafe – Nottingham
14th January – Hootananny – London
15th January – Big Comfy Bookshop – Coventry
19th January – Gaslight Club – Leeds
21st January – The Zanzibar Club – Liverpool
22nd January – The Musician – Leicester
23rd January – ORT Cafe – Birmingham
24th January – Marwood – Brighton
28th January – Troubadour – London