Fat Possum Records (2017) US, CA, EU
Soccer Mommy is the project of Sophie Allison, a 19-year-old Nashville native and musical wunderkind. Sophie built her reputation as a DIY artist, recording her own songs and releasing them for free on Bandcamp over the last few years. Collection compiles the best of Sophie's Bandcamp work as well as a few new songs, written, mixed and produced herself. The songs portray an artist fully-formed, mature far beyond her age singing about toxic relationships, infatuations, and all the experiences of being a teenage girl.
Or, as Sophie describes her subject matter, "crush stuff with a hint of bad to it." There's a playfulness to the music that belies the sophisticated nature of the songcraft. The songs can be sweet, they can be happily melancholic or melancholically happy, but they always cut deep. They belong on playlists and mixes, to be shared among friends and belted out during road trips. These perfect pop gems have power.
"Allison," a gorgeous meditation on the bittersweet feeling of hurting someone you love while pursuing your own dreams, showcases Sophie's talent for home recording, with multi-tracked vocals layered to perfection while the relatable and anthemic "Out Worn," is a searing takedown of the desire for male validation which strikes the perfect balance between anger and sugary pop bliss.