For anyone who’d ever wondered, Sivu’s stunning debut video showed us precisely what goes on inside a musician’s head, after the 24-year-old volunteered to be filmed singing live within an MRI scanner. It was quite the first impression. Inspired by research into cleft palates taking place at Barts Hospital, Sivu’s music was quickly heard far beyond the call centre in Waterloo, where he presently still chooses to work.
As befits that unique stage-name (Sivu is his surname in Finnish), this is bigger than the solitary “singer-songwriter” tag might usually suggest. The ‘Bodies’ EP was also produced by Sivu’s long-standing collaborator Charlie Andrew; the Mercury-Award-winning producer behind Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave’ and the two are now working on Sivu’s can’t drop soon enough debut album.