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In anticipation of her current headlining tour and her upcoming support tour with Kacey Musgraves, Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, has shared the demo for “Blossom” and the b-side “Be Seeing You” on Thursday. The latter was previously only available physically as a b-side to her “Last Girl” 7-inch on Bandcamp.

Both songs bring the tender intimacy we’ve come to associate with the Nashville native, like a love note pressed between the pages of a book. The demo of “Blossom” brings a more lo-fi sound than the iteration heard on Soccer Mommy’s acclaimed debut album “Clean”. Allison fills space with her omnipresent chorus of “oohs” versus the sharp clarity of the instrumentation in the album version. She made this demo for “Blossom” in her college dorm before i even knew “Clean” would exist, I was always really happy with it.

The 21-year-old recalled the history of the tracks in a statement:

“Blossom” was one of the first songs I wrote for Clean. It was before I even realized Clean was going to exist. I was always happy with the demo—it got made in the basement of my dorm room when I was still in college. “Be Seeing You” is an even older track. It was made as a single with the original recording of “Last Girl” but it was never put on streaming. It’s an old favorite of mine so I’m happy to see it get released everywhere.

Listen to the “Blossom” demo and “Be Seeing You”

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Soccer Mommy announced a new 7″ single. The single’s A-Side is a newly reworked version of “Henry,” a song that originally appeared on Soccer Mommy’s 2016 collection For Young HeartsThe B-Side is a cover of Bruce Springsteen’sI’m On Fire,” a live show highlight that now has a long-awaited studio recording. The cover was previously only experienced live and has therefore been long-awaited.

“I wanted to make a version of ‘I’m On Fire’ that connected with the sadness of the song,” explains Allison. “I think that doing a more stripped down version allowed me to make something that feels emotionally raw.” the limited edition release “Red Smoke” 7″, is out October via Fat Possum Records,

The 7″ follows on the heels of her debut album, Clean, that has already received mid-year Best of 2018 nods from the likes of NPR, Rolling Stone, Billboard,Stereogum, Uproxx, Vinyl Me Please, all giving high praise for Soccer Mommy’s debut album, Clean.

Clean is Allison’s excellent studio debut: a compact album of clear melodies, plainspoken lyrics, and the impossibly tangled logic of infatuation.” – Pitchfork(Best New Music, 8.4)

Clean greatly expands the scope of Ms. Allison’s songs in both words and music… Both clear-eyed and passionate, she is growing up in public, unabashed.” – New York Times

She combines mischief and bluntness in the manner of Liz Phair, and her voice has a quality like melting ice cream—sweet and appealingly messy, slipping around the pitch of a note.” – The New Yorker

Soccer Mommy’s Clean is one of the best rock records of the 2018 so far” – The FADER (Gen F)

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This South X Lullaby Session with Soccer Mommy took us away from the frenetic world of the South by Southwest music festival and into the past. Venturing my favorite store in all of Austin, TexasUncommon Objects, is a self-described “one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent junk” or “your eccentric uncle’s attic on steroids.”

There are 24 different antique sellers under the single, Uncommon Objects roof, and for Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, it was the perfect setting for her song “Wildflowers.” It was, in fact, filled with objects related to blooming flowers.

The song from the Switzerland-born, Nashville-raised artist is, as I hear it, about finding your place in the world — to discover who you are and to blossom.

“Wildflowers don’t grow in the city
I dreamt the sidewalk broke in two
The earth was calling to me”

The song is from Soccer Mommy’s album Clean which was released earlier this month on Fat Possum Records.

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Just over two years ago, Sophie Allison was writing melodic bedroom rock ahead of a move from her native Nashville to New York to study music business at NYU. During that time, she started to find a burgeoning fanbase on Bandcamp for her wistful demos under the name Soccer Mommy, which chronicled the harsh realities of the teenage experience. During her tenure at NYU, she began playing live shows around Brooklyn, building a presence in the DIY scene, and it wasn’t long until she caught the ears of Fat Possum (the influential independent label who’ve released records by Wavves, Youth Lagoon, and Lissie) and her life changed.

Still aged just 20, Allison is reeling from her rise to indie-rock stardom. On her recently released debut album Clean, she self-reflects, translating the loneliness and crushing disappointment that comes with being a teenager into intimate musings – a confessional sound that similarly launched the careers of Mitski and Julien Baker. However, age aside, Allison believes her music is universally relatable. “I think it resonates with people because it’s about struggling to be open, honest and take risks: struggling with your own identity,” she explains. “Everybody feels that at some point in their lives.”

Take for example her latest single “Cool”, a raucous track where Allison lilts about what it means to be the “cool girl.” Despite its initial appeal, her pursuit of the “cool girl” trope ends up creating her own unhappiness. Instead, she finds more solace in being herself. In Allison’s video for the track, premiering below, she explores “the depth beyond the image of coolness.” Playing with the idea of cool, Allison blossoms into different versions of herself, all the while interspersed with animated ice cream sandwiches, pot leaves, and crayons. She becomes one of the guys, clad in aviators and a leather jacket; a rocker who flaunts fuschia wing-tip eyeliner and a Hot Topic necklace; and a heartbreaker who chops off the hair of a Ken doll, ultimately revealing that “cool” doesn’t mean just one thing.

Taken from the debut, Clean, available on Fat Possum Records

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“I was wasting all my time on someone who didn’t know me,” Sophie Allison sings in the first verse of “Blossom (Wasting All My Time).” It’s the kind of thing you can’t remember if you realized in hindsight, or a part of you knew it all along—the subtle production and the warm strums of the acoustic guitar allowing your mind to drift. “Scorpio Rising” starts out sounding like an updated version of Big Star’s “Thirteen,” before taking a sudden turn when Allison’s young Romeo changes his mind and goes for a girl that In “Flaw,” the end is her fault, though she doesn’t want to believe it. “I choose to blame it all on you/’Cause I don’t like the truth,” she sings, her clear and unpolished voice fittingly going slightly flat.

Clean is the Debut album proper from Nashville based 20 year old Sophie Allison who records under the name Soccer Mommy. Following on from the critically acclaimed Collection, released in August. Clean was recorded by Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, War on Drugs, Beirut) in NYC and mixed by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Aldous Harding). The album is a big step up production wise, and it’s the most grown up Allison has sounded to date. For fans of Liz Phair, Frankie Cosmos, Angel Olsen and Julia Jacklin.

Taken from the album, Clean, available on Fat Possum Records

Following on from last years compilation “Collection”, Nashville based Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy now brings us her debut album proper. Produced by Gabe Wax (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Beirut), the new album is a huge step up from her earlier bedroom recordings. The fuller sound works perfectly with Sophie’s finely crafted, bitter-sweet pop songs that have a world weary quality beyond her 20 years. Whole record is stellar, new version of Last Girl makes me really happy. A contender for the best record so far in 2018,

Twenty-year-old Sophie Allison, cuts to the core on Soccer Mommy’s Cleanas if she’s already in hurry. Her flat delivery and lack of lyrical pretense lay bare moments of obsession and rejection in a frank, almost detached fashion. Her album takes its title from Taylor Swift’s freedom ballad, but there’s also a sense of the world-burning defiance borrowed from Liz Phair’s ’90s debut. “I don’t want to be your f****** dog,” she snarls in answer to decades of obliviousness. Clean betrays simmering anger, hurt and an ever-present humor and self-deprecation (not surprising for someone with a moniker this silly). The emotions are felt, but Allison revels in none of them. As if to say there’s a lot of life yet to live, she keeps a sense of the absurdity of it all. “She’ll steal your joy like a criminal,” Allison sings in admiration. “I wanna be that cool.”

We love the delicate-yet-fearless vibe of Soccer Mommy’s new songs “Cool,” “Still Clean,” and “Your Dog,” the latter of which she performed for us live in the Paste studio last month. The young Nashville songwriter’s debut full-length, Clean, finally drops today.

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Released March 2nd, 2018
Sophie Allison – Guitar, vocals, bass
Julian Powell – Lead guitar
Nick Brown – Drums
Gabe Wax – Piano, synth, mellotron, bass, guitar, drum programming, percussion

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With any songwriter, or artist in general, there’s a question about how much of yourself to give away to your audience in your songs. Some songwriters are naturally open, capable of taking on the most painful and honest emotions and sharing them without a hint of concealment. Many more artists are more guarded, wrapping up their truth in a web of poetry and disguise, giving the listener only snapshots of their truth. Sometimes this can be more rewarding, there’s a joy to discovering a songwriter’s story that you’ll never get with a heart on their sleeve, confessional songwriter spelling out their pain in giant letter for the whole world to see. A little deceit and pretence can make a songwriter’s sincerity all the sweeter.

the superbly talented singer songwriter Gallery 47, is a vessel for the songwriting talents of Jack Peachey and a revolving cast of largely Nottingham based backing musicians. Jack has released his third album, tiltled “Clean”, the follow up to 2014’s All Will Be Well, an album that’s success saw Jack tour Europe in support of the somewhat unlikely figure of Paul Weller.

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Jack has so far shared a pair of tracks from Clean in the shape of recent singles, Some Of You Don’t Get It and Mother’s Plan. These tracks suggest a gentle re-imagination of his previous folkish output.

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Gallery 47 is the artist name of Jack Peachey, a musician from the city of Nottingham, UK. He is known for his finger style guitar work, soft tenor vocal and abstract lyricism which draws influence from the 1960s folk poet scene. He has recorded 2 independent studio albums, “Fate Is The Law” (2011) and “All Will Be Well” (2014). ‘Clean’ is the third album by this singer songwriter and follk artist, Gallery 47

Notable shows have included appearances at T in the Park Festival and The Union Chapel venue in London . He recently joined Paul Weller for a few shows on his 2014 European Tour, also supporting acts like Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Scott Matthews and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. In addition, he has recorded live sessions for the BBC and Q Magazine and his songs have been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6music, XFM London, Kerrang Radio and many other regional shows.

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Singer-songwriters are inspired individuals who’ve honed their craft meticulously. Nottingham’s Gallery 47, aka Jack Peachey, is a prime example of a songwriter who creates every musical element among his recordings whilst embracing heartfelt, melancholic melodies revealing his personality and songcraft.

Peachey is set to release his third studio album, Clean, along with singles “Free Range,” “It’s Been A Long Day,” and “Some of You Don’t Get It.” Clean is a departure from hiss previous release All Will Be Well, as Jack was experiencing relationship and health issues at the time, yet managed to set off on tour with the Paul Weller across Europe and signed a publishing deal with BMG Berlin shortly afterward. (All did become well in the end as Jack and his ex reunited—and got married.) Clean finds Jack with a new found peace—tracks “Dream Real” and “Never Alone” expressing his love for where he is in life and how he got there. Jack’s ability to reflect on personal experience draws upon Bob Dylan in tandem with Iron and Wine’s soft, bittersweet sound.

Clean from Gallery 47 is in stores 11th November 2016 via AWAL / Bad Production Records

Gallery 47, very much the brain child of Jack Peachey, an English graduate from the University of Nottingham currently studying for an MA in English Literature. He makes fantastic music, recently found supporting Paul Weller on European tour dates. And I think this is fantastic, I hope you agree. Gallery 47’s “It’s Been a Long Day.”

Jack Peachey, a musician from the city of Nottingham, UK. He is known for his finger style guitar work, soft tenor vocal and abstract lyricism which draws influence from the 1960s folk poet scene. He has recorded 2 independent studio albums, “Fate Is The Law” (2011) and “All Will Be Well” (2014).

Notable shows have included appearances at T in the Park Festival and The Union Chapel (voted the number 1 music venue in London by Time Out Magazine). He recently joined Paul Weller for a few shows on his 2014 European Tour, also supporting acts like Ian McCulloch (Echo and the Bunnymen), Scott Matthews and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. In addition, he has recorded live sessions for the BBC and Q Magazine and his songs have been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC 6music, XFM London, Kerrang Radio and many other regional shows. In September 2013, he was featured as The Guardian’s, “New Band of the Day”.

Taken from the new album “Clean” which is being released later this year. Music Video made by CSD Videography