TUNE Somni - One Last Time
Taking influence from lo-fi, beat tape production and psychedelic West Coast soul combined with intimate, homespun songwriting and experimental instrumental arrangements; UK born, LA based Somni is set to release new album ‘Home’ via Friends of Friends Music on 27th March 2020.
Leo Shulman aka Somni moved to Los Angeles from Hampshire, UK with his family when he was eight years old. From a family of mostly classical musicians - his father Andrew Shulman is a notable session and concert cellist (LA Chamber Orchestra, LA Philharmonic, Britten Quartet, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra) - he studied classical guitar from a young age, also learning drums, bass and piano. Leo graduated in jazz guitar from The New School in NYC and worked as an audio engineer in San Francisco before returning to LA in the summer of 2018.
After signing to Friends of Friends Music in late 2017, his debut album 'Bloom’ was released in August 2018 and received “Album of the Day” from Bandcamp and saw him featured as the face of the “Fresh Finds” playlist on Spotify. Released in August 2019, single ‘Grown Into You’ was played extensively by BBC 6 Music as well as on BBC 1Xtra, Amazing Radio and Worldwide FM.
Inspired into songwriting by artists like Elliott Smith, Modest Mouse and Cat Power in his early teens; inspiration from the LA beat scene, notably Low End Theory, and artists like Amon Tobin, Portishead, J Dilla, Flying Lotus and Shlohmo brought together a fitting collision of these two worlds in his own music. Leo clarifies this: “While this album is about coming home in a very real sense, it’s also representative of coming home to some of the earlier influences that sparked my interest in songwriting when I was a kid, and the impact that just a simple melody over some chords can have. At their heart these songs stem from my roots and my initial spark for music”.