Nashville b/w New York resident, Sophie Allison has been making a name for herself in the DIY community for a few years now as Soccer Mommy. She’s been using bandcamp as her platform to chronicle her life’s most intimate moments. What is few and far between for most folks to get recognized this way Allison made an impact on listeners with her enchantingly mournful tunes and repurposed some of her bandcamp originals now with a full band. Her first release via Fat Possum is titled Collection, and touches eloquently upon youth, adolescence and transitioning into adulthood.
Collection starts out with “Allison” a drum-less track pushing it’s glimmering warm vocals to the forefront, sparking creativity and wonder. “Try” possesses jangly guitars and drums, touching upon city life and what it’s like to cross paths with a stranger. Will you ever see them again? What would it be like to be together with this person? “Death by Chocolate” stems off of growing up and longing to be cool, with little spurts of keys accenting the vocals. Angst and anxiety are a huge part of growing up and Allison sings about it effortlessly. With the galloping drums on “Out Worn” Allison bridges a gap here between youth and adulthood, relatable to everyone between grown ups and children.
Sophie Allison has a knack for capturing something similar to Elliott Smith’s mournful quality but balances it out with exuberance. Soccer Mommy’s bedroom pop and strummed guitars shine loudly on a record that is lo-fi and layered. Although there are a lot of things that could be happening at once on Collection, the main focus throughout is Sophie Allison’s vocals and the stories she has to tell. Nothing takes away from the lyrical aspects of Allison’s narratives and she soars into hitting us in all the feels. From isolation, unrequited love, growing and learning Allison isn’t afraid to put it all out on the table. It’s a record that makes you reflect on who you are at this moment in time.