Soccer Mommy – Collection

a2415750108_10Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After years of self recorded bandcamp releases, Nashville born songwriter Sophie Allison’s DIY ethic and growing following has led to the attention of Fat Possum Records, home to bands such as The Districts and Sunflower Bean. Now under the pseudonym of ‘Soccer Mommy’ she’s released her carefully crafted debut album entitled Collection. At only 19 years of age, Soccer Mommy’s debut portrays the everyday experiences of adolescent life from late night house parties to turbulent relationships, crafting a bittersweet melancholic soundtrack to life as an anxious, lonesome teenager. Sophie Allison herself even describes her melancholy lo-fi sound and subject matter as “crush stuff with a hint of bad to it”.

“A bittersweet melancholic soundtrack to life as an anxious, lonesome teenager”

Debut album Collection showcases Soccer Mommy as an artist unafraid and sincere. Her swooning dream pop guitar riffs echo the work of fellow lo-fi indie rock groups such as Alvvays and make for a bright and breezy first listen. However, it’s Soccer Mommy’s autobiographical diary entry like wordplay that make for a more intriguing, dark and melancholic listen. Collection sees Soccer Mommy delves into deep and troubling themes such as loneliness and anxiety, heard on songs such as ‘Death By Chocolate’ where Allison sings “I want to kill myself”, and on ‘Try’ where her honesty shines through with “you won’t ever know me”. However, these gentle and subtle words of solitude highlight Soccer Mommy’s incredible songwriting ability. Crafting unassuming lo-fi indie pop gems that on the surface boast vibrant bittersweet guitar hooks, however beneath host an intimate and vulnerable atmosphere epitomised by Allison’s own words “that these are feelings I’ve kept inside of me”.

Collection is further proof of what Allison herself described as indie rock “being taken over by women”, with this record propelling her forward among other young female indie rock starlets such as Courtney Barnett, Julia Jacklin, Vagabon and Jay Som. The future of indie looks in safe hands.

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