Soccer Mommy – Sometimes, Forever Review

It’s been nearly four years now since Sophie Allison exploded into acclaim with the release of her debut full length album Clean, an album that detailed the tragedy and heartbreak of long distance relationships and teenage love. She perfectly captured the constant battle of desire and despair of those formative teenage years when everything feels like the greatest tragedy known to man. Allison was 20 when she released Clean, and now sitting at 25 the demons that she’s always battled with still reside within her but with age has come wisdom about what she needs and in what design.

What set apart Allison’s debut album from the rest of the Americana indie rock heartbreak albums of the time was not just her intimate songwriting but the production of how she gave life to her tracks. From the raw and crystal clear sound of opener “Still Clean” with its sparkly guitars and interjecting synth swirls, to the crashing waves of feedback on “Scorpio Rising”, the trickery was subtle but helped create a wooden forest of sometimes unsettling and often graceful soundscapes. On her sophomore album color theory Allison often leant into elements of shoegaze she’s so often referenced, like on the expansive “yellow is the colour of her eyes”. Now this time with electronic wizard Daniel Lopatin aka Oneohtrix Point Never at the helm of production, Allison’s sound has entered a new dimension of spectacular. The usual chugging guitars and backing band are in full force as the album opens with “Bones”, which moves from solitary ballad to grand orchestra of love induced soundscapes with twinkling guitars and distorted rises, this is Soccer Mommy turned up to 11. You can’t help but recall every intimate moment you’ve spent with someone you truly care for as the drums crash and the synths swirl on “With U”, becoming absorbed in the beauty of its grandiose expression of love. Lopatin’s electronic background comes out in full force on “Unholy Affliction” with the distorted synth-bass and hip-hop tinged drums battle out for which instrument can be the most demonic, helping bring a true darkness to Allison’s sound that’s only been hinted at before. Allison is older, wiser and more compelling now than she’s ever been, with her sound growing at an exponential rate, showcasing just how devastatingly beautiful Allison’s work really can be in the hands of a production magician.

Growth and appreciation is what this album is all about. Letting the past go, facing the demons you thought would once bring you down with a new sense of adversity and triumph. And growing to allow yourself to be loved by others. “I’m trying to be someone you can love and understand, but I know i’m not” Allison sings on opener “Bones” facing the self-doubt of her ability to be who she wants to be. And eventually growing tired of the lifestyle she now leads, “I’m tired of the money and all of the talking at me, I’m barely a person, mechanically working” she declares on “Unholy Affliction”. Allison was just 18 when she released her debut tape For Young Hearts, her entire adult life has been swallowed by the forever churning wheels of music stardom; and at this point she just wants to be able to be herself. Eventually facing some of her darkest moments on the Billie Eilish infused and sci-fi horror driven “Darkness Forever”. “Darkness forever, a cold sinking ocean, I want to feel the warm of relief, the devil is chasing hard on my tail” she sings and it seems as though all could be lost to the weight of the world around her. Allison not only instills the feeling of overwhelming dread but submerges you right into it, allowing all its despair to wash over you in a wave of synthesisers and searing distorted guitars.

But like a phoenix rising from the ashes Allison finds a light to hold onto, exploding the second half of the album open with the brit-pop stadium rock driven “Don’t Ask Me”. It’s got the big riffs, distorted guitar lines and a soundscape that Kevin Shields would take a double take at and wonder if he could use it on the forever, never fourth MBV album. For all the twists, turns and expansions that this album has taken so far though Allison decides to take it back to familiar ground on “Fire In The Driveway” with a stripped back moment that although is centered around the feeling of wanting to move on, does almost the opposite with the pacing of the album, slowing it down from the momentum it was building.

However like any compelling mystery, this proves to be a red herring as the following “Following Eyes” opens up a new side of this album that’s been lurking in the shadows waiting to emerge; the horror. “Beneath the half moon, the witching hour had me bound, an apparition, called to me without a sound” sings Allison over the skulking guitar lines. A long time Buffy The Vampire Slayer fan, Allison abstractly details a calling of an evil force pulling her in as she can’t escape the evil glare that follows her every move; the prominent backbone of many a Buffy encounter. On the surface its Allison showcasing her adept storytelling ability of the supernatural, but within lies something more evil than anything, the demons that bury themselves deep within us waiting to emerge. Allison has always put her emotions at the forefront of her work and now she uses them to detail the abstract, a sign of a truly brilliant songwriter.

“I lost myself to a dream I had” she sings on “Still”. Well it looks like now she may just have found herself again, and the version of herself that she’s found is the most daring and enigmatic we’ve seen yet. Bowing the album about in true Soccer Mommy fashion, Allison summarises her trials and tribulations into one last nostalgia inducing diary entry that washes over you like a wave of serenity. Allison has always been a voice of her times and she’s never showed it more vibrantly and expansively than on Sometimes, Forever. “Got pain in my back, 22 going on 23” she sings on “Feel It All The Time” and i couldn’t have put it better myself.

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Louien Announces new ep ‘Figure Me out’, shares new single

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Norwegian indie folk singer Louien, aka Live Miranda Solberg has today announced Figure Me Out, her new EP coming on September 16th via Jansen Recordings. The announcement also comes alongside new single fiery new single “No”, which showcases Solberg’s devastating ability to pull out every last emotion from a song. Instrumentally pulling from Radiohead’s OK Computer era with its cascading atmospheres, mixed with the bruising lyrics that Solberg sings, “It’s like you left your mark on everything, I can’t, no I can’t, the lights go out around me, There’s no way you will change” she declares.

Speaking about the song, Louien said:

“This song is about boundaries! I know it’s a lame topic! But I wrote this when I was very angry at someone for not listening to me. Why does it take so much for some people to take a hint?!”

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist
01 Crazy
02 Figure Me Out
03 No
04 Second Best
05 Bridged By Fire
06 Desert

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Art moore announce debut album and share new single

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Art Moore, the supergroup of Boy Scout’s Taylor Vick and Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks have announced their debut album Art Moore, set to be released on August 5th via ANTI-Records. Pre-order here. The announcment also comes alongside the release of “Muscle Memory”, the second single from the album following on from “Snowy” released earlier in the year.

Listen to new single “Muscle Memory” below!

Speaking about the track the band said:

“Muscle Memory was inspired by the many phases of life we go through and the friendships that exist within them that inevitably transform as we continue through life,” Vick explains. “I wanted to write about this experience from a neutral perspective, one with the belief that it’s neither a good or bad thing but simply a given in life. It’s a more fictionalized version of my personal experience which was the kind of writing I gravitated towards most in this band.” 

A press release said of the album:

“The ten tracks that comprise the record are deft character studies, zeroing in on restless widows, shy beginners, jilted friends and friendly exes, chronicling minute moments — road trips, casual dates, games of truth or dare — with rich detail and subtle wit. The result is a world of remarkable emotional complexity, an album-length study of loneliness, heartache, and loss that’s sweet but never saccharine, sad but never maudlin. Featuring the inimitable songwriting of beloved Oakland luminary Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts set in sharp relief against lush production from Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks, it’s a quietly wondrous record — a set of songs that sketch out the struggle and beauty of coping with everyday life”

Tracklist

1. Muscle Memory

2. Sixish

3. Snowy

4. Bell

5. A Different Life

6. Rewind

7. October

8. Habit

9. Something Holy

10. Inspiration and Fun 

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Deep Tan share new video for “diamond horsetail”

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deep tan, the london based art-rock 3 piece have shared a new video for “diamond horsetail”, the title track from their new EP of the same name, released last Friday. Vinyl editions of the album will be available on July 22nd. Pre-order here.

The sleek guitars that have become a staple of the bands sound for sweep this track along, with it’s fidgeting groove keeping you locked in. There’s twists, turns and mind boggling movements in this three minute anthem of queer retribution. It’s disco but dark.

Watch the new video below!

Speaking about the new track the band said:

“It’s three minutes of menace, five litres of revenge: the title track of our new EP diamond horsetail is one we’re particularly excited to start playing live. also, KLF stans: there’s something for you in the outro.”

Listen to the full EP below!

deep tan 2022 tour dates
6 May – Focus Wales, Wrexham
7 May – Are You Listening Festival?, Reading 20 May – Zerox, Newcastle
21 May – The Great Eastern Festival, Edinburgh
22 May – Record Junkee, Sheffield 24 May – Rough Trade, Nottingham
25 May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
27 May – Headrow House, Leeds
28 May – YES (Basement) (Mood Swings) Manchester 29 May – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
1 Jun – Venue MOT, London
11 Jun – Long Division Festival, Wakefield, UK
16 Jul – Valkhof Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands
17 Jul – Welcome to the Village, Leewarden, Netherlands 22-24 Jul – Truck Festival, Oxford
13 Aug – Frigjort Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Momma announce new album ‘Household Name’, release new single

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Momma, the NYC- based band led by singers/guitarists Allegra Weingarten and Etta Friedman have today announced Household Name, their debut album set to be released on July 1st via Lucky Number. Pre-order here.

The band have also shared “Speeding 72”, the lead single from the album which follows on from previously released “Rockstar” and “Medicine”. A grunge-infused riff and vocal melody that matches the likes of soccer mommy creates a teen angst anthem if there ever was one. This band are cool and they know it.

Listen to the new single below!

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Speaking about the new track the band said:

““Speeding 72” is probably the most collaboratively written song on the new record. We wanted it to be the sort of summertime anthem that you can turn on during a drive to impress your crush,” explains the band. “The most important part of the production was setting the right mood to transport the listener. The song starts with Aron getting into his car (which is featured on the album cover), and then turning on the ignition.”

Tracklisting:

1. Rip Off
2. Speeding 72
3. Medicine
4. Rockstar
5. Motorbike
6. Tall Home
7. Lucky
8. Brave
9. Callin Me
10. Spider
11. No Stage
12. No Bite

The band have also announced a run of UK tour dates following on from support slots with Wet Leg. Tickets here.

MAY

6 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall *
7 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
10 – London, UK – Brixton Windmill 
13 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
14 – Manchester, UK – Yes

w/Illuminati Hotties

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Watch Sister Lucy’s new animated video for “Best At Being Sad”

Sister Lucy aka Abi Sinclair has shared a new animated for “Best at Being Sad“, from her debut EP Big Girl Pants. The new video was an all women created project, being illustrated by Sona Koloyan and animated by Izzie Dabs and Amanda Tooke. The video game style video contains easter eggs both of the world of Sister Lucy and provocative feminist humour, how many can you spot?

Watch the new video below!

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Soccer Mommy announces new album ‘Sometimes, Forever’, shares new single

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Soccer Mommy has announced her third full-length album, Sometimes, Forever, the follow up to 2020’s color theory, which is set to be released on June 24th via Loma Vista. Pre-order here. The new album was produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and features “Shotgun”, the lead single from the album.

Listen to the new single below!

A press release said about the album:

It sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever

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Tracklisting

01 Bones

02 With U 

03 Unholy Affliction 

04 Shotgun 

05 newdemo

06 Darkness Forever

07 Don’t Ask Me

08 Fire in the Driveway

09 Following Eyes

10 Feel It All The Time

11 Still

Soccer Mommy has also announced a run of UK/EU dates, see below. Tickets available here.

31st August – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms

1st September – Brighton, UK @ Chalk

3rd September – Bristol, UK @ Trinity

5th September – Köln, UK @ Bumann & Sohn

6th September – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

8th September – Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan

9th September- Oslo, NO @ John Dee

10th September – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen

12th September – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club

13th September – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus

15th September – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

16th September – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn

17th September – Brussels, BE – Rotonde @ Botanique

18th September – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain

20th September – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz

21st September – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed 

22nd September – London, UK @ O2 Forum

23rd September – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon

24th September – Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union

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Deanna Petcoff shares new single “If You Were Me”

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Deanna Petcoff has today shared “If You Were Me“, the latest single from her upcoming debut album To Hell With You, which is due out on April 1st via Royal Mountain Records. Pre-order here.

On “If You Were Me” Petcoff lets all her vulnerabilities go and simply asks to understand why anyone would want to hurt someone the way she was. The way she faces her trauma is what brings the true depth in valiance to this track. There’s a swing that flows like Olivia Rodrigo’s biggest hits and enough dirt infuse that 90’s grunge aesthetic. “And I would not feel responsible for turning you into somebody whose terrified to lose me / no matter what i do” she sings with an aching heart, simply trying to understand why she was treated in such a way.

About the single, Deanna shares:

“This is the oldest song on the record. I started writing this in high school about my partner at the time who was emotionally abusive. I wasn’t able to finish the song once I started it because I didn’t feel safe saying all of these things when I knew he would hear them. My good friend and collaborator Callum Maudsley helped me navigate those waters and come to a message that was clear and relatable to lots of other people; if I were you I would treat me better.”

Listen to the new single below!

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Krush Puppies share new single “Love Kills The Demons”, announce debut EP

South London-based band Krush Puppies have today announced their debut EP Love Kills The Demons and share the title track. The band have also signed to Holm Front Records, Sports Team’s label, who will release the EP on May 6th, pre-order here.

There’s a wooziness that washes over this track that hits with an immediate drive. Always propelling and never looking back, it paints the track with a glisten of silver and serenity. Lead by a melody that will swirl around your head all day, it proves that this four piece have a certain magic touch about them.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist:

1. Throw Me On The Fire
2. Love Kills The Demons
3. Why
4. Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy

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Widowspeak announce new album ‘The Jacket’, share new single

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Widowspeak have today announced The Jacket, their 6th studio album, set to be released on March 11th via Captured Tracks. Pre-order here. The announcement comes alongside new single “Everything Is Simple” and a music video directed by OTIUM.

Speaking about the new single the band said:

At the beginning of something (a relationship, a project, a job, a new place) you have this very pure feeling toward it. Everything feels less complicated because you’re oriented wholly toward that potential. It’s undefined, and that makes it easier to understand, because you can’t see the problems yet.  As time goes on, you learn more, you experience more, and you see where the limitations exist: not even necessarily ones imposed upon you, but where you draw your own lines. Maybe you can’t see what was holding you back until it’s in the past, and by then others’ perspectives contradict your own.  Everyone is constructing their own versions of reality.  The song was originally going to feed into the drama of the imaginary band, but it’s about our own band too.  I was thinking about how I’m an inherently unreliable narrator about my own life, and at the same time maybe there are no “true” stories.

Listen to the new single below!

A press release described the upcoming album as A present and comfortable record, imbued with a sense of collective pause and the ease of a band at the top of their game. For all its familiar textures, it still feels entirely fresh within that canon: proudly a guitar record, a rock record, a songwriter’s record. A Widowspeak record”.

Tracklist:

1. While You Wait
2. Everything Is Simple
3. Salt
4. True Blue
5. The Jacket
6. Unwind
7. The Drive
8. Slow Dance
9. Forget It
10. Sleeper

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