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Nashville-born indie rocker Sophie Allison reaches deep inside herself with her second album, Color Theory, building on the emotional honesty of her 2018 breakthrough, Clean. Born in 1997, Allison is a proudly Nineties-fueled songwriter, with a little Liz Phair in her guitar and just a touch of R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe in her vocals. (Not to mention the way she sings about “Night Swimming.”) Color Theory has some of the year’s loneliest songs, taking on depression, insecurity, and illness as she admits.  Yet she always keeps you rooting for her to make it.

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SiriusXM has shared a Soccer Mommy cover of the Cars’ “Drive.” She recorded it for SiriusXMU Sessions during a February visit to the satellite radio network’s Los Angeles studio. Check it out below.

It’s the first professional recording of Sophie Allison’s ‘Drive’ cover, after a fan recording from a February performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood circulated on YouTube. The performance may have been shot on the same day, as Allison is wearing the same outfit.

Soccer Mommy real name Sophie Allison recently shared a series of videos for her song “crawling in my skin” featuring 8-bit renderings of a handful of cities that she was scheduled to visit on her now-postponed tour for her album color theory. After the postponement, she donated the proceeds from sales of a t-shirt and poster to her crew.

Soccer Mommy perform’s her cover of “Drive” live at SiriusXM.

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Tiny Desk Concerts are stripped down sets recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, the host of NPR’s All Songs Considered. But as with everything else, adjustments have been made to account for COVID-19 and now NPR have launched a Tiny Desk (Home) Concert series, with artists performing from home under quarantine. The first participant is Soccer Mommy (the project of Nashville native Sophie Allison), who performs three songs solo on acoustic guitar: “Bloodstream,” “Circle the Drain,” and “Royal Screw Up.” .

Soccer Mommy released her new album, “color theory”, in February via Loma Vista. Color theory is the follow-up to Allison’s debut full-length album, Clean, released in 2018 via Fat Possum.  Gabe Wax produced the album (he also produced Clean), which was written on tour and recorded in Nashville at Alex The Great. Lars Stalfors mixed the album, which features the live Soccer Mommy band on studio recordings for the first time.

On Monday March 30th, Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, was to perform a long awaited Tiny Desk concert at my desk. Now the world has changed, and with the coronavirus keeping us at a distance, we’re taking a break from filming Tiny Desks at the office for a while. Sophie wanted to share her music and her thoughts with you. So we’re kicking off our Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts series with Soccer Mommy from her home in Nashville.

SET LIST:
“Bloodstream”
“Circle the Drain”
“Royal Screw Up”

The album titles and song titles are all intended to be written in lowercase. color theory also features two songs Soccer Mommy first shared in 2019. In November she shared a seven-minute long “yellow is the color of her eyes,” via a video for the track directed by Alex Ross Perry . “yellow is the color of her eyes” featured Mary Lattimore on harp and followed “lucy,” another new song . When the album was announced in January, Soccer Mommy shared the first single from it, “circle the drain,”

Then Soccer Mommy shared another song from the album, album opener “bloodstream,” via a Bella Clark-directed animated video.

A previous press release had this to say about color theory: “Confronting the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued Allison since pre-pubescence, color theory explores three central themes: blue, representing sadness and depression; yellow, symbolizing physical and emotional illness; and, finally, grey, representing darkness, emptiness and loss.

Allison had this to say about the album in the previous press release: “I wanted the experience of listening to color theory to feel like finding a dusty old cassette tape that has become messed up over time, because that’s what this album is: an expression of all the things that have slowly degraded me personally. The production warps, the guitar solos occasionally glitch, the melodies can be poppy and deceptively cheerful. To me, it sounds like the music of my childhood distressed and, in some instances, decaying.”

In December Soccer Mommy shared another new song, “Feed,” that’s not found on color theory. It is instead taken from the soundtrack to the horror film The Turning, which is a more modern version of Henry James’1898 horror novella The Turn of the Screw. The soundtrack came out on January 24th, 2020 via KRO/Sony Music Masterworks, the same day as the film.

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For Sophie Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, “color theory” is a distillation of hard-won catharsis. The album confronts the ongoing mental health and familial trials that have plagued the 22-year-old artist since pre-pubescence, presenting listeners with an uncompromisingly honest self-portrait, and reminding us exactly why her critically-acclaimed debut, 2018’s Clean, made her a hero to many. Wise beyond her years, Allison is a songwriter capable of capturing the fleeting moments of bliss that make an embattled existence temporarily beautiful. With color theory, Allison’s fraught past becomes a lens through which we might begin to understand what it means to be resilient.

color theory is awash with a lush landscape of guitar strums and rustled distortion and Alison’s down to earth vocals. It’s part 90’s pop, contemporary songwriters like Sasami and Weyes Blood and Alison’s pop-punk past.

Soccer Mommy is the project of 22 year old Sophie Allison. The Nashville native hit the music scene in the mid-2010’s when she was still a high school student. Now, on her second album, we are excited to welcome her to KCRW ahead of the release of her new record Color Theory.

From the old soul/honest human department, meet Soccer Mommy. Her sound grazes the bottom edge of upbeat on occasion but her words are about deep emotions – fear, anxiety, sickness and darkness. I was taken by her willingness to sit in those feelings, talk about them openly and share them with a smile. Her sense of humor through the intensity made me love her new songs even more! Check out her standout performance of “Crawling In My Skin.” 

Musicians:
Sophie Allison – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Graeme Goetz – Bass
Julian Powell – Guitar, Background Vocals
Rollum Haas – Drums, Background Vocals
Rodrigo Avendano – Keyboardist, Guitar

Soccer Mommy performs the song “Circle the Drain” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Soccer Mommy performs the song “Lucy” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Back in September Soccer Mommy returned with new single “Lucy,” her first song since her 2018 breakout album Clean as well as the first release on her new label Loma Vista Recordings.

She’s since returned with her new song “Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes,” a devastatingly beautiful 7-minute plus epic that features Mary Lattimore on harp that got an equally lush music video that was directed by acclaimed director Alex Ross Perry (Her Smell). There’s not a wasted second on the track and not one moment that isn’t pulling some well-earned heartstrings. It’s great to see her continued evolution as an artist and based on these last two releases, her next album should be something special indeed.

Sophie Allison gave a little bit of background on the track, which you can find posted below along with the music video and her newly announced 2020 tour dates.

The song was inspired by a time when I was on the road constantly and I felt like I was losing time – specifically with my mother. It’s also a song that I feel really showcases my writing when it comes to instrumentation, so it’s one that makes me really proud.

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Soccer Mommy, a.k.a. Sophie Allison, unveiled a sinister new song “Lucy” accompanied by a Matrix-like visual. The track will be released as a 7-inch single via Loma Vista Recordings.

Short for “Lucifer,” “Lucy” is a slow-burner with a fuzzy guitar riff and intense, sensuous lyrics like “You cannot resist him/When you look in his shiny eyes/The face of an angel/With the heart of something less nice.”

“Lucy’ is a really fun song for me because it has a dark, evil vibe,” Allison said in a statement. “It’s a song about struggling with inner demons and your own morality, but I masked it with this scenario of being seduced by the devil. I’m really excited to share this with everyone because I think it shows a different side of my writing.”

Allison recently released a demo of “Blossom.” The track originally appeared on her 2018 critically-acclaimed LP Clean, which she dropped out of NYU to record. “It would be so awful to have missed out on everything I’ve done,” she said last year. “I can’t imagine being in school right now.”

the new song “lucy” from Soccer Mommy: Loma Vista Recordings.

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”

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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Our 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. We ventured to my favorite store in all of Austin, Texas: Uncommon Objects, 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, we found 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.

Set List

  • “Wildflowers”