“Anyone who has become entranced by the sound of water drops in the darkness of a ruin can attest to the extraordinary capacity of the ear to carve a volume into the void of darkness. The space traced by the ear becomes a cavity sculpted in the interior of the mind.” - Steven Holl

It's been three years since Sivu's debut Something on High was released, and just a few months since we sat down with 29 year old James Page to discuss the notions behind his welcomed return to music. In conversation it was conveyed that the idea of having the senses in the body taken away played a constant part throughout the record, and Sweet Sweet Silent honours this as an authentic shift in every space possible. What this artists seeks in his craft is a musical reprieve from reality and the chains of emotional desolation.

Opener 'Submersible' is a brooding baptism which, as the title suggests, delves deep in to the vault of Page's psyche. He resurfaces, gasping for breath like he's hungry for air, to be cleansed and conditioned, to share the truest truths and the most vivacious and candid way of experiencing life that is possible. Sparse orchestral symphonies and ethereal vocals plunge us in to the depths of his creative progression.

Something On High was predominately studio based; electronics and synths laced the core of the tracks. In a time of transience, uncertainty and insecurity for the musician, Page delivered a debut which received tremendous critical success back in 2014 and the release catapulted the singer songwriter into a new dimension of expectations, and he became part of a rat race. Sweet Sweet Silent is organically a product of respite and truth, as it is stripped away; a step back from industry presence and idealism, but also a huge leap in artistry. The record hones a telluric manifestation, woozy with intricacy and subtle virtue. It is an expansion of the soul and of the self, mastered with intelligence and instinct.

The record plays out as a sequent and spiritual measure; the fluidity of the production is so pure and earthly we are urged subtly to let the world go and mindfully draw all the nourishment and beauty we can from the ten songs. Most recent single 'Lonesome' is an elixir of exquisite sonic texture. Page's vocals are acutely direct in the most captivating display as the impenetrable side of solitude and fear is exposed. Similarly, the title track is a calibrated lilt, as delicate drum beats float. The themes of mortality in 'Blood Clots and Pheromones' are hushed but defiant. 'Drastic Change' breathes conviction, with a folky introduction and layered percussion. "Give me love, give me life, give me sweetness," comes the plea in the height of swelling orchestral intensity.

Album number two appears very much as a mindful homecoming which has cemented this body of work. Each track is essential and it's no doubt a tough venture to create such accomplished musical arrangements of your own accord, but it is achieved with grace. Sivu manages to compute every sense we are conditioned to feel as human beings. Pleasure and pain are magnified, the physicality of the body and the inner workings of the heart and mind laid are bare and entwined within sonic arrangement which is precise and skilful.

'My Moon River' is a gentle croon which allows space and light but also accentuates Page's contemporary vocal range and lyrical skill intimately, posing as a musical mother tongue which exists in the dawn's fractured light. The reoccurring exploration of water throughout the record is prominent but never strident as the study of this is heightened and tangible.

Final offering 'Wonder In Me' is a lullaby for the soul and draws the album to a gorgeous close. The delicate use of strings and harp encompass the tenderness and frailty of existence and how we perceive the world around us. Sivu has naturally but powerfully created a palette of sensory strength, allowed into existence and our listening pleasure simply by being vulnerable and open to both the endurance and the departure of senses - and all that we feel, fear and hold dear. For that, we as listeners will be thankful he uses music as an expression of his passion and visions.