Doctor by day, musician by night, the young Mancunian songwriter Sukh self released his debut album in 2013 and has been quietly working away behind the scenes since.
Acclaimed for his chamber folk tinged numbers (particularly breakthrough single ‘Kings’) Sukh employs an orchestral element that sounds big enough to uplift and reverb around a space 300 feet high, balanced by gentle comfortable strumming and lupine vocals.
Despite his accessible, even commercial sound, Sukh’s personal listening is underground, exploratory and thoughtful, including the likes of Luke Howard, Joe Hisaishi, the National, Kings Go Forth, Sigur Ros, Milo Greene, Dylan and Tom Waits to name a few. He lets some elements of these tastes inform his songwriting but largely finds influence elsewhere, be it on the open mic circuit, temporary residencies in other cities, or, and perhaps most consciously, literature and psychology - Russian authors Tolstoy and Turgenev through to the more theatrical and poetic Henrik Ibsen, and emotional psychologists Haidt and Lyubomirsky.
Since 2013 Sukh has been working on a new project to be announced soon.
Think I might get addicted to breakout/escape rooms.