Under the name Sivu, British singer/songwriter James Page writes and records sophisticated, often darkly toned indie pop.
Born in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, Page spent his teenage years playing bass in indie and punk bands, eventually moving to London to expand his musical horizons. Influenced by pop mavericks like Björk
, he had already begun to work quietly on solo material when in 2011, he crossed paths with Alt-J
's producer Charlie Andrew. The two struck up a friendship and began working together, recording Sivu's debut single, "Better Man Than He," which was supported by an inventive music video of Page singing the song from within an MRI machine in London's St. Bart's Hospital. The release of a 2013 EP called I Lost Myself as well as a handful of other singles drew comparisons to artists like Wild Beasts
, and Alt-J
, the latter of whom recruited Page for a guest spot on their 2014 album This Is All Yours. His debut album, Something on High, arrived in September 2014. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi