Uni Tunes: Soham De

Ollie Smith 12 January 2016

Take a trip to any university room around the country and the chances are you’ll find an acoustic guitar propped up in the corner. Most of us quite fancy ourselves to strum out 'Wonderwall' or 'Smoke on the Water' but you’d be hard pushed to find a student with the ability of Soham De.

A Cambridge local and student at Durham University, Soham has been tirelessly honing his technique and songwriting over the last few years. The fruit of his labour is debut album Ghost which is available on iTunes and Spotify. It is a must-listen for fans of Ben Howard, Damien Rice or anyone who appreciates a good guitar line.

Soham has gigged extensively, recently supporting the likes of Gabrielle Aplin and Bondax. Closer to home he has played at Selwyn’s 2015 May Ball and the Junction’s Fiver Unplugged, which he said was “an awesome gig with some acts that have a huge amount of potential”.

It’s clear that Soham has bags of it himself. Despite his tender age – he turns nineteen this year – his songs have an amazing maturity. If you want proof, take a listen to ‘Houses Made of Bones’. The song partners finger-picked melodies with husky vocals and is honestly one of my most-played tracks in recent months. Soham’s peaceful tunes are the perfect headache soother; keep him in mind on that next late-night (early-morning) walk back to college.