Music / Crofters Rights

Review: Sun Spot, Tamu Massif and Jimi Somewhere – ‘a diverse range of styles and attentive crowd dynamic’

By Isobel Turner, Tuesday May 10, 2022

Last Thursday evening, Crofter’s Rights presented a music event hosted by Miles Hastings and Luca Ciscognetti of BLG promotions, featuring Bristol-based artists Sun Spot and Tamu Massif followed by Jimi Somewhere as the headliner.

The evening began with Sun Spot, an experimental pop-duo from Bristol. Frontmen George Turner and Will Palmer were joined by live members, Scott Alexander and Kris Bressington.

Experimental pop band Sun Spot: photo – Jack Sargent

They drew the crowd from the bar by playing tracks from their latest EP, Clipping. Through using vocals with layered synth and distorted guitar, they created a fusion of genres, with everything from new wave and bedroom pop to trip hop and electronica.

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Their excitement was infectious when they performed their newest track, Panic Room, which features a rise from warbled acoustic guitar to a post-punk break, setting high expectations for the rest of the evening.

After a short break, Tamu Massif then took to the stage, another Bristol-based artist. Otherwise known as Dave Dixon, Tamu Massif created an intimate tone within the room, playing with just one other musician, twinsen, using only vocals, keyboard and guitar.

The atmosphere was perfect for his vulnerable and nostalgic lyrics that are layered over electronic indie music, mismatched only by Dave’s charming chemistry with the audience every so often, adding a lighthearted ambience to the room.

Finally, Norwegian pop artist Benjamin Schandy, who goes by the name of Jimi Somewhere, burst onto the stage with a young and fresh energy. Drawing on the influences of Boy Pablo, Tyler the Creator and Kevin Abstract, he was joined on stage by artists Milo Orchis and Mano Emanuel.

Norwegian pop artist Jimi Somewhere with Milo Orchis and Mano Emanuel: photo – Isobel Turner

Jimi Somewhere’s music is influenced by his childhood, growing up in the small town of Hokksund. This is no clearer than in his nostalgic, coming-of-age lyrics centred around family. The crowd became hooked during his song Tears 06, a folk-inspired remix of his track Tears 2016. The upbeat tempo of the song combined with the Jimi’s charismatic energy on stage seeped into the audience.

Jimi played tracks from his latest album, Nothing Gold Can Stay, which was released last year to critical acclaim. Features a mixture of low-fi, nostalgic songs and more energetic, up-tempo tracks, the album plays with stylisations of R&B, electronic pop and indie music.

Overall, it was an evening of high-quality music from both local bands and those further afield, creating a diverse range of styles and a truly attentive crowd dynamic that was highly contagious.

Main photo: Camilla Brizzi

Read more: Review: Metronomy, O2 Academy – ‘They certainly know how to whip a crowd up into a puddle of joy, sweat and smiles’

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