Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy – Clean (album review)

by Woody on March 1, 2018

Photo by Shervin Lainez

I’d always just assumed that Sophie Allison was a wee bit older than her 20 years of age. She sings with a confidence of someone who has lived through some shit and navigated her way through it. Not to dismiss youth as having the wherewithal to pull if off (the kids in FL are testament to that) but I found it surprising that she was only twenty.

On Clean, her debut LP for Fat Possum, Allison ups the game and her music takes a massive step forward. The lead track, Your Dog, is a great mid-tempo number that makes her position very clear. She’s crystal clear in proclaiming that she’s not playing begging you to be with her. She’ll open herself but it is a two way street. On Last Girl, she does the most human of things – comparing herself to her new flame’s ex. She does it in a way that blends confidence with self-doubt.

No matter her age, Sophie Allison is about to experience a moment as her debut album comes out to a whole slew of praise. She’s one of the can’t miss artist down at SXSW.

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I felt as if I was constantly stumbling across Soccer Mommy’s (aka Sophie Allison) name last year. Whether it be on Paste for its Best of What’s Next or via the excellent NYT round table on Women Who Rock. I subsequently dug into her EP, Collection and eagerly awaited her debut LP. Her prior efforts were more a bedroom pop feel to them. The lead track doesn’t veer too far from it but it definitely delivers more of a punch.

Here’s some info on the video below via Paste. “The song comes from a feeling of being paralyzed in a relationship to the point where you feel like you are a pawn in someone else’s world,” Allison said. “The song and the video are meant to show someone breaking away and taking action, but at the same time, it’s only a quick burst of motivation. It’s a moment of strength amidst a long period of weakness.”

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Soccer Mommy – For Young Hearts (album review)

by Woody on November 14, 2016

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I first caught wind of Soccer Mommy aka Sophie Allison via an article on Stereogum. Her vocals immediately reminded me of an artist that I spent a whole lot of 2015 listening to, Sarah Bethe Nelson, and that was enough to search out and buy her album.

For Young Hearts is her third album and from what Stereogum had to say, her most accomplished and fleshed out to date. These tunes are all centered a nice jangly riff. The tune that stands out the most is Skinned Knees; a tune that is just Allison strumming along on an electric as she sings about falling in and out of love with the occasional whistle chiming in. It really is lovely tune that showcases her voice over an excellent melody.

I’m happy to have found Sophie’s music and I’m looking forward to hearing more. I just booked my flight for SXSW and am hoping she’ll down there so I can catch a set.

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