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New Soccer Mommy video: Circle the Drain

Video: Soccer Mommy – “Circle the Drain”

Soccer Mommy - circle the drain (Official Music Video)

Directed by Atiba Jefferson. From color theory, out February 28 on Loma Vista.

It’s another sad slow-burner from Nashville’s Sophie Allison.

Things feel that low sometimes
Even when everything is fine
Hey I’ve been falling apart these days

Yes, that’s a familiar sentiment. But you know what helps? Watching skateboarding videos on the internet. Works every time.

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New Soccer Mommy video: Yellow Is the Color of Her Eyes

Video: Soccer Mommy – “yellow is the color of her eyes”

Soccer Mommy - yellow is the color of her eyes (Official Music Video)

Directed by Alex Ross Perry. Single out now on Loma Vista.

Hey didn’t Coldplay already write this song? Are the contrarian kids giving Coldplay a critical re-evaluation already? Or am I just being an ass?

I’m probably being an ass, since Sophie Allison says the song “was inspired by a time when I was on the road constantly and I felt like I was losing time—specifically with my mother. It’s also a song that I feel really showcases my writing when it comes to instrumentation, so it’s one that makes me really proud.”

Aw jeez, listening more closely and the lyrics are clearly about losing her mom so now I’m definitely an ass.

The tiny lie I told to myself is making me hollow
I’ve been choking on truths that I couldn’t swallow

But at least we no longer have to worry about the kids starting to like Coldplay. It’s still okay to hate them, right?

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New Soccer Mommy video: Scorpio Rising

Video: Soccer Mommy – “Scorpio Rising”

Soccer Mommy - Scorpio Rising

Directed by Jonny Look. From Clean, out now on Fat Possum.

Sophie Allison told Consequence of Sound that “Scorpio Rising” is “the climax of the record. It’s this huge moment where I realize that while I’ve been trying to be cool and detached, I’ve become attached — and now I’m about to lose everything because I’m pretending to be something I’m not.”

Now you want to start
With someone not so far
Oh she’s bubbly and sweet like a Coca-Cola
I watch from my drink as you look her over

I like the way this song starts out quiet and atmospheric for the first verse before she realizes that her relationship has fallen apart. And then it gets more and more loud and dissonant as she sees what she’s lost.

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New Soccer Mommy video: Cool

Video: Soccer Mommy – “Cool”

Soccer Mommy - Cool (Official Music Video)

Directed by Ambar Navarro. From Clean, out now on Fat Possum.

It comes as no surprise to learn that Liz Phair has tapped Soccer Mommy as the opener on her “Girly Sound to Guyville” tour. They both started out as bedroom recording artists embodying the persona of a badass young woman who’s comfortable exposing her vulnerability.

Phair wanted to be mesmerizing. Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison wants to be cool.

Allison told Consequence of Sound that the song “creates this figure of everything I want to be. It’s fun and upbeat because it’s like a hopeful moment where I’m thinking about how I’m going to be moving forward in my life. However, it’s idealizing things that won’t necessarily make me happy.”

But whenever I hear about a young person wanting to be cool I think back to my friend Jim Fordyce who recorded a song called “World Revolves Around Me” in 1996 after his band the Port Wine Lads split up. It’s a pretty, acoustic song with a punch line that knocks me on my ass every time I think about it: “It’s easy to be cool…when you’re cool.” That lyric conjures up all the feelings of insecurity that plagued way too much of my youth. When you’re dorky and self-conscious, it’s mystifying that some people can be so confident.

Thankfully, when you get older you stop caring…as much…

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New Soccer Mommy video: Your Dog

Video: Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog”

Soccer Mommy - Your Dog (Official Video)

From Clean, out March 2 on Fat Possum.

So what are you supposed to do with your boyfriend’s corpse after you slit his throat? If you’re Soccer Mommy’s Sophie Allison, you drag him upstairs and Sharpie up his face and feel a little sad about the whole thing.

I don’t want to be your little pet
At the edge of every bed
You sleep in but you’re stretching out
Guess I’ll curl up on the couch

She says, “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. 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.”

It’s a cool song and Allison has apparently been recording in her Nashville bedroom for ages, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. But now she’s signed to Fat Possum and recorded her new album with Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter). Living the dream!

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