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Intriguing new Cornish talent Isaac Sakima

May 8, 2013

YellowBrix

THERE'S a buzz among Cornish music lovers about 21-year-old Isaac Sakima.

Based in Falmouth, Isaac has been playing piano, singing and writing music since he was 9. He then took the step towards producing music on Logic when he was 14. The result is a fusion of '80s and '90s pop with folk influences and a contemporary twist, most notably dubstep songwriters like James Blake and Jamie Woon. His album Berlin - a title like that immediately singles it out for attention by the art crowd - is a startling debut with everything composed, performed and produced by Isaac.

The Blake comparison is most evident on the cascading electronics and swooning yet glitchy vocals of Voices.

When he moves into straighter musical territory Isaac finds his own voice. People Talk is a beautiful song; his crooned whisper accompanied by spare guitar and twinkling synths.

There's a stately grace to songs like Once More, exacerbated by the chilly layers of sound, but strip all that away and they are strong enough to be played on piano or an acoustic guitar.

Better Never Be Gone is The Blue Nile covering Enya's Orinoco Flow as mixed by Burial. Sounds awful on paper, in reality it's gorgeous. The bright beacon notes and shifting beats of Let The Right One In make it sound like a radio staple already.

Recent shows have included Communion at Bunters, Truro, and The Poly, Falmouth, with Public Service Broadcasting. An intriguing new talent who also happens to be a choreography student - check him out.

You can see him support Kezia alongside Florence Bird at The Performance Centre, Tremough Campus, Falmouth University this Thursday at 7.30pm.

www.facebook.com/isaacsakimaofficial

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