When French band Sweet Gum Tree were coming to the end of recording their first album The Snakes You Charm & The Wolves You Tame, I happened to be in France visiting band leader Arno, his wife and collaborator Virginie and their wonderful son, Tim.
In the studio, one afternoon, Arno invited me to play bass on one of the new songs, Bird Of Passage, a duet with Isobel Campbell. This led to me joining Arno and the band on a series of live dates in England and France as the bass player when the album was released in 2014.
A new album, Sustain The Illusion, was released this year and Arno has put together a video for the new single The Gift using excerpts from a live show we played in Brighton, supporting the last album. You can see me in the background, happily playing my Rickenbacker bass (see video below).
If you haven’t discovered Arno’s beautifully expressed, rich music, click on some of these videos and fall in love.
Perhaps there was no better stamp of approval than when some of his favourite musicians and acknowledged influences joined Sweet Gum Tree in the studio or on stage over the years: Isobel Campbell, Heather Nova, Earl Harvin (Tindersticks), Marty Willson-Piper, Ken Stringfellow (Posies, Big Star, R.E.M.)…” (read more)
“French singer-songwriter Arno Sojo came to debut his new project of beautifully orchestrated ballads and from the opening chord to the encore’s final note he presented a tour de force of deliciously dreamy pop perfection. Switching between guitars and piano, the soft-voiced vocalist was backed by a fluid band including The Church’s Marty Willson-Piper and a dynamic string section that lifted the already well-crafted songs to a euphoric level. Pure class.”
Steve Clements – Latest 7, Brighton