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SoKo — My Dreams Dictate My Reality♦ Senzace? Ani ne, prostě tady jsem příjemně doma. Three years have passed since Soko touched our hearts with her debut LP ‘I Thought I Was An Alien’. Obviously the french multi–talent has used the time for an external and inner metamorphosis.
♦ French actress and indie electronic singer/songwriter specializes in off–kilter, very intimate indie pop.
Birth name: Stéphanie Sokolinski
Born: October 26, 1985, Bordeaux, France
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Album release: March 31, 2015
Record Label: Babycat Records/Because Music/Warner
01 I Come In Peace 3:37
02 Oceans Of Tears 3:18
03 Who Wears the Pants ?? 3:04
04 My Precious 2:26
05 Bad Poetry 2:59
06 Temporary Mood Swings 2:44
07 My Dreams Dictate My Reality 3:43
08 Monster Love (ft. Ariel Pink) 3:32
09 Peter Pan Syndrome 5:23
10 Lovetrap (ft. Ariel Pink) 4:35
11 Visions 4:06
12 Keaton´s Song 4:02
Θ¦ Ariel Pink Featured Artist
Θ¦ Ross Robinson Producer
Θ¦ Soko Primary Artist
By Caitlin White / February 24, 2015
° SoKo has always been a through–the–looking–glass girl. Sometimes she’s an alien, other times she’s in love with monsters, and the song that launched her career twists the blade on love and death like a knife in the back. The French artist is more cognizant than most of how short our time with loved ones is as she lost her dad and her grandparents at a young age. These losses deeply affected her, and she became very independent, leaving her home at 16 to pursue film and music. While she spent the years between then and now engrossed with death and playing with vaguely morbid, folk overtones, her new record is a break with the past. At 29, Soko is finally ready for her teenage rebellion.
° Soko chopped her long, brunette waves into a self–proclaimed “illegitimate daughter of Andy Warhol” look and worked with legendary Cure producer Ross Robinson in his Venice Beach home studio for months, inventing a smoldering pop–goth sound that employs reverb and political defiance without batting an eye. Soko’s songwriting has been pointedly fatalist for a while now, and that’s all still here on My Dreams Dictate My Reality, but now it’s often balanced with a child–like glee — a spontaneous, mischievous energy that infuses the mood. This album captures the neon–lit doomsday vibrations of Los Angeles, especially on “Monster Love” and “Love Trap,” the songs Ariel Pink guests on. (Soko returned the favor by guesting on several tracks from his new album Pom Pom, too.) But where Pink drawls and whines, Soko’s clipped, foreign vocals slice through the volatile synths. Elsewhere, she sings in the tear–streaked whisper of a woman used to handling her own pain, managing her own disappointment. Even Soko’s rebellion has a dreaminess to it, every bit of luster tinted with sadness and an urge toward the otherworldly. If Neverland ever appealed to you on any real level, this is the album for you. ° http://www.stereogum.com/
By Spotlight Report on February 13, 2015
° Within every punk, there’s a kid who just wants to be loved. Armed with loss, heartbreak and a voice that cries for help, multitalented French enchantress Soko is the kind of rebel who gives out kisses instead of black eyes, who steals hearts instead of wallets, and gets trashed on tea instead of liquor.
° Three years after her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien, she has revamped her once innocent yet morbid folk into an insolent follow–up record, My Dreams Dictate My Reality, due February 27, 2015.
° Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (who also produced her favorite band, The Cure) the album features the hypnotic duet Lovetrap with friend and lo–fi wizard Ariel Pink. After seven months of fine–tuning in Robinson’s home studio in Venice Beach, Soko’s essence was distilled into a potion of dreamy 80’s goth–inspired lullabies and a touch of California sun. The main ingredient, her unapologetic openness, alchemizes each track into the most disarmingly honest lyrics of all time. “I wanted a more upbeat record, still dreamy, and dark, but I felt more comfortable by surrounding myself with more moody, gothy, punky sounds.”
° First single, Who Wears The Pants, is a gay rights anthem she jokingly refers to as “the most lesbian song I ever wrote.”
° Soko is finally the rebellious teenager she never got to be. In the past year she hacked and bleached her mermaid hair into oblivion aka her “illegitimate daughter of Andy Warhol” look, swapped hippie for “white goth,” snogged a complete stranger for the viral First Kiss video then watched her pivotal relationship ballad We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow skyrocket to the top of the Billboard charts. She played the voice of a computer’s human sexual surrogate in Spike Jonze’s Her, collaborated with Anton Newcombe from Brian Jonestown Massacre on his upcoming album, alternately sang and screamed on Ariel Pink’s album Pom Pom, and wrote and sang on several tracks on Theophilus London’s Vibes including the panty–melting Smoke. Most recently, she has appeared in the Spring campaign for Roberto Cavalli.
° Soko has poured every last ounce of herself into the project, seizing up all the unhappiness and darkness from her past and translating it into ecstatic and uninhibited performances. My Dreams Dictate My Reality is a requiem for past selves, inviting listeners to join her as she makes peace with her old demons. The tracks seem to flow from her veins, and the experience is intoxicatingto behold. Robinson may capture it best: “For Soko, it’s music or death.” ° http://spotlightreport.net/
♦ Once a soft–spoken singer–songwriter, Soko’s music quickly caught up with her untamable persona. In 2012, Soko released her debut album I Thought I Was an Alien (BEC 5161135). The album featured the track "We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow," soundtrack to the video "First Kiss," which has clocked about 100 million views. The track skyrocketed to the Top 10 of the Billboard Charts and did about 11.5 million streams (No. 1 Debut On Streaming Songs). Soko has now revamped her once innocent yet morbid folk into an insolent follow–up record, My Dreams Dictate My Reality. Produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (who has also produced her favorite band, The Cure), the album features the hypnotic duet "Lovetrap" with friend and lo–fi wizard Ariel Pink, who also appears on "Monster Love." ‘80s new–wave influences meet post–punk, with great hooks and melodies and the potential for some major hits, including "Who Wears the Pants." CD version presented in two–panel digipack printed on silver foil with 16–page booklet.
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