Before the melody begins in the music video for "Sweet Sweet Silent," the title track off of Sivu’s new album due out next month via Square Leg Records, the musician addresses the audience. "Music was inaudible for a while," he says. "The worst thing is knowing what I love, the door is closing on that … getting used to the idea that everything is getting more silent, literally." Sivu, who was born James Page in Cambridgeshire, England, is talking about his recent diagnosis with Ménière’s disease, a degenerative inner-ear condition with symptoms that include vertigo, tinnitus, and progressive hearing loss. "I wrote ‘Sweet Sweet Silent’ around the time I found out I had Ménière’s," he explains later over the phone. "It was one of the songs that I didn’t necessarily think about too much, it just happened," he continues. "I was trying to make a romantic spin on the whole thing. Obviously being diagnosed was horrible and it’s been really difficult, but I wanted it to feel quite romantic in a strange way. It’s quite a negative, sad song, but I wanted it to feel quite positive." As Sivu, Page has always had a knack for creating piercingly poignant […]