Shivum Sharma | Flicker (Video)
There are plenty of beautiful high-falsetto voices in music, from the sadly departed Jeff Buckley, Wild Beasts’ frontman Hayden Thorpe, Justin Vernon, or even electronic wonder James Blake. But it’s what an artist does with that voice that sets them apart. The young London singer, born to an Indian father and Irish mother, and who goes by the name Shivum Sharma, has an instrument as impressive. There are many ways to go for an artist like this, with a new video for his song “Flicker”, the single off the same-named EP due out on March 3rd. Will he become just another talent corralled into the pretty pop world of quick bucks and an even quicker turnover of image and diminishing song-craft or perhaps he’ll continue on this lonely bedroom aesthetic of contemplative neo-soul, with its quiet subtlety, elegant piano, ghostly dissonant jazz notes, and introspective lyricism: “And then you opened the gate / It led to a path, which bloomed as we watched / Into perfect grass … / I chased you, blinded by petty fantasy / The power of you, it drifted into me.” I suppose that’s the dilemma of many talented artists, so it’s a matter of waiting to see. For now it’s enough to enjoy this single and video. His stated influences are interesting, and hopefully telling of his future direction, admiring people like Bjork, Minnie Ripperton, Antony and the Johnsons, and Fever Ray. Here’s to keeping true to the vision of a pretty song like “Flicker”. The music of Shivum Sharma is produced by an interesting artist in his own right, Warp Records’ musician and producer Kwes. You can follow Shivum Sharma at facebook. Note: Lyrics are all unofficial. — David D. Robbins Jr.