‘SOAK UP THE SUN‘
BY SHERYL CROW
Following her visit to Australia in February, Soccer Mommy continues to tour in support of 2022’s critically acclaimed album Sometimes, Forever, opening for Maggie Rogers on her current run. Soccer Mommy shares her latest single, a cover of Sheryl Crow’s ‘Soak Up The Sun’, out now via Loma Vista Recordings / Virgin Music Australia.
Crow is a formative artist for Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison, who was interviewed by The New York Times last year about Crow’s influence. “She has so many songs that are these massive hits that, at least for someone my age, you can’t have grown up and not heard those songs,” she told NYT. “She has a knack for saying something hard, but making it feel like she’s ready to acknowledge it and be cool with this hard acceptance.” Listen to her cover of the 2002 classic now and watch its accompanying karaoke video HERE.
For a taste of Soccer Mommy’s live show, watch the band’s career-spanning NPR Tiny Desk performance from earlier this year here, or watch Soccer Mommy perform ‘Shotgun’ and ‘Feel It All The Time’ on Jimmy Kimmel Live! here.
Sometimes, Forever was named one of the best albums of 2023 by the likes of The New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, Vulture, Associated Press, Billboard, Stereogum, The A.V. Club, FLOOD, Paste, Uproxx, and more, with ‘Shotgun’ named one of the top songs of 2023 by The Los Angeles Times, Buzzfeed, NPR, Gorilla vs. Bear, Pitchfork, Consequence, Vulture, NYLON, Billboard and more.
In Australia, it took out coveted positions such as Double J Feature Album, FBi Radio Album of the Week, Triple R Soundscape and added to rotation by 2SER amongst other high praise from NME, Pilerats, Guitar World, Happy and more. Sometimes, Forever debuted on the Billboard charts, taking the #1 slot for Heatseakers, Top New Artist and Alternative New Artist, debuting in the Top 200, and many more. She performed on both The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel Live! In 2022, completed a largely sold-out international headline tour, and performed an intimate show at the GRAMMY Museum alongside a Q&A hosted by The Los Angeles Times’ Mikael Wood.
Following the album release, Soccer Mommy has since hosted Roblox’s most successful Listening Party to date with 10.8 million unique visitors, and she has also shared incredible alt-versions of “Shotgun” by Magdalena Bay, a slowed and reverbed edit, as well as a Simlish version, available now within The Sims 4 High School Years expansion pack. Soccer Mommy also collaborated with Brain Dead on a limited edition t-shirt, which can be purchased here.
Sometimes, Forever is Soccer Mommy’s boldest and most aesthetically adventurous work yet, and it cements Sophie Allison’s status as one of the most gifted songwriters making rock music right now. The album sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millenium 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 synthesises 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.
Praise for Soccer Mommy & Sometimes, Forever:
“Sophie Allison finds new sonic frontiers…Throughout the album, Soccer Mommy staves off despair with musical craftsmanship” – The New York Times (Critic’s Pick)
“Throughout Sometimes, Forever, [Allison] and Lopatin expand on the ’90s palette that has characterized previous Soccer Mommy releases. Bolstering the lingering imprints of Liz Phair, Sheryl Crow, and Sleater-Kinney is a healthy dose of Loveless worship: glide guitars and tendrils of haze.” – Pitchfork (8/10)
“[Sometimes, Forever] is Soccer Mommy’s gnarliest and most resplendent, fashioning poppy melodies, disarming lyrics, and twisted sounds into dismayed songs of young adulthood.” – The New Yorker
“The singer/songwriter’s vulnerability resulted in two critically acclaimed releases — 2018’s Clean and 2020’s Color Theory — though Allison’s latest may be her most exciting yet.”
“Sophie Allison’s emotive rock acquires new dynamism” – Wall Street Journal
“Soccer Mommy deepens her indie-rock brilliance on ‘Sometimes, Forever’…[and] proves herself to be one of the sharpest songwriters around” – Rolling Stone
“Allison has made a bold move that paid off better than we’d ever have expected.”
“Sometimes, Forever’s marriage of Allison’s lyrical prowess and OPN’s stark, synth-driven sonics makes it by far the darkest and most compelling offering from Soccer Mommy yet.”
“The combination of these intensely confessional lyrics and the musical exercises in mood and atmosphere lends the album a balance between control and catharsis.”
– NME Australia
“But the truth is, there isn’t a dull moment on this record: Allison’s mix of melodic brilliance and emotional vulnerability keep us hooked from start to finish.” – Double J
“Brimming with the Nashville artist’s characteristically addictive songwriting style, the album elevates Soccer Mommy’s signature style to new heights…” – FBi Radio
“Sometimes, Forever is an experimental and ambitious record, ebbing and flowing from cruisy pop jams to gothic alt-rock sizzlers..” – Guitar World
“Soccer Mommy’s dreamy pop sounds still flutter around Unholy Affliction, it’s surrounded by this rich, sexy darkness” – HAPPY
“Solidifying her as one of the most interesting songwriters in the indie world in 2022, Sometimes, Forever sees Allison building on the Soccer Mommy we’ve come to know and love..her addictive, catchy and instantly recognizable blend of indie pop and rock goodness.” – Pilerats
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