Posts Tagged ‘soko’

February 2, 2018

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This next one involves so many artists we love that it’ll probably take a moment for it all to sink in, as it did us. Los Angeles based musician Launder, aka John Cudlip, is preparing to release his first EP Pink Cloud this March. New single Fade is a dream of a collaboration involving Oakland’s Day Wave (Jackson Phillips) on production duty, as well as DIIV’s Zachary Cole Smith on guitars and French actress/musician Soko on vocals! Yep, like I said, let that sink in for a moment. Launder’s Fade is a swathe of nostalgic synths and sun-kissed guitar pop. Its hazy, gauzy post-punk and surf pop aura, notably very DIIV-like, is perfectly melted into Day Wave’s dreamy shimmering indie pop, while Soko lends wispy charming backup vocals to the track. You can purchase the track and pre-order Launder’s debut EP via Bandcamp, here.

January 27, 2018

One of our long time faves from France, Soko, who’s both an respected musician and actress, has released a new cover today. She’s probably been hard at work with her acting career, so we haven’t heard from her in awhile, but we’re elated that she’s turned in a captivating performance on her cover of Diabolo Menthe, originally by iconic French singer songwriter Yves Simon. As always, Soko is also incredibly charismatic in the video for the track, but if you ever get to see her live, prepare to be inextricably drawn to her incredibly down to earth demeanor, as well as her warmhearted banter. Soko’s smoky bewitching cover of Diabolo Menthe will feature on a forthcoming compilation album named ‘Génération(s) éperdue(s)’, which is a tribute album to the now 70-something idol. Various other Yves Simon covers including ones by Christine and the Queens, Woodkid, 

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains, Lilly Wood & The Prick, Lescop, Moodoid, and a unique featuring by actor Louis Garrel will be included. Follow Soko on her website, here

May 5, 2017

It’s only been like a month since British art rock band Blaenavon released their excellent debut album That’s Your Lot, and they already have something new for us to enjoy. Not only that, they’ve partnered up with ever charismatic and charming French singer songwriter and actress Soko for a duet. No One Else In Mind is a tranquil soothing but mournfully pensive gem which was written during a December weekend in Paris. For a brief moment, I feel like I’m waltzing through the streets of Paris myself as this gentle lullaby, a subdued elixir for the soul, lures me through the City Of Light’s quaint alleyways and grand boulevards. No One Else In Mind is a heartbreaking and beautiful unexpected delight. The song can be purchased now from iTunes.

New Soko

October 31, 2012

That adorable French actress and singer songwriter Soko released a new tune today via Youtube. It’s as charming and quiet as ever, as is typical of her music. Catch her live sometime if you can, she’s incredible live and she’ll make you fall in love with her if you aren’t in love with her already. She’ll tell you stories and make you feel like you’re sharing a very magical moment with her personally. You might want to turn the volume way up on this and be in a pensive, peaceful mood. The cello on this is so beautiful.

She also did a rendition of For Marlon off her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien in the same session.

New Soko

October 31, 2012

That adorable French actress and singer songwriter Soko released a new tune today via Youtube. It’s as charming and quiet as ever, as is typical of her music. Catch her live sometime if you can, she’s incredible live and she’ll make you fall in love with her if you aren’t in love with her already. She’ll tell you stories and make you feel like you’re sharing a very magical moment with her personally. You might want to turn the volume way up on this and be in a pensive, peaceful mood. The cello on this is so beautiful.

She also did a rendition of For Marlon off her debut album I Thought I Was An Alien in the same session.

Magic

October 10, 2012

Soko, Christine Owman and Low Roar all hunkered down in a bathroom (in a bathtub) and covered Leonard Cohen’s Tonight Will Be Fine.

Magic…

Magic

October 10, 2012

Soko, Christine Owman and Low Roar all hunkered down in a bathroom (in a bathtub) and covered Leonard Cohen’s Tonight Will Be Fine.

Magic…

Ahh, those Icelanders (if that’s even a word)….

August 21, 2012

Thanks to SoKo’s facebook update, I was just introduced to Low Roar. The indie act hails from, of all places, Iceland, which has been giving us such great, incredible folk and post-rock artists these days. However, the main main of the outfit, Ryan Karazija, is originally from San Francisco. What what? Raise the roof! You must listen to this beauty, Friends Make Garbage (Good Friends Take It Out). You can already tell from the title of the song that it’ll be a great track. And boy, is that a fantastic quote too! Friends make garbage, good friends take it out. How true! This is beauuuuuuuutiful. Sappy. Heart melting. Low Roar will have a debut album out in November, and based on this, it’s going to be another successful Icelandic export.

Here’s a few more choice pieces from Low Roar: some introspective, dark music and some beautiful, post rock, soundtrack-to-life stuff to indulgently simmer in….

OFFICIAL VID: Soko – Destruction of The Disgusting Ugly Hate

July 13, 2012

One of my favorite French artists released her brand new video for Destruction of The Disgusting Ugly off of album I Thought I Was An Alien. The unique, enchanting, incredibly talented, yet down to earth musician is also a very well accomplished and talented actress in France. I really think she should cross over and star in some film roles in in the states, as she has an amazing amount of mesmerizing charisma. I was lucky enough to catch her live at the teensy weensy Bottom of the Hill in SF not too long ago. The intimate night was pure magic. Her infectious smile, genuine personality, captivating stories, hugs for all, and moving, raw music all blended into stunning perfection. It was a night we didn’t want to end. I could have listened to her banter, her giggling, her singing forever. If you ever get a chance to see Soko live, you really canNOT miss out on it. There’s no doubt that she is probably one of the most special human beings I have ever met in my life. The anti-folk-ish song in this case comes with a fitting video. Her music tends to have this dark playfulness and irony. With it comes that fleeting vulnerability and tragic quality. Honestly, I can’t put into words what it was like to see her live, to share a night with her, to briefly talk to her. She’s other worldly. Maybe she IS an alien… a fantastic being from another world. Earth is much too mundane.

Vandella

June 14, 2012

I’ve seen Vandella’s name around, probably on show lineups and stuff. Finally checked them out since they’ll be one of several folksy bands at Bottom of the Hill on Friday, which I’ll be hitting up for SoKo’s headlining show. Vandella is a local San Francisco band with a folk rock and alt country sound. They sound pretty good and have a lot of potential. I’ll share a few of their songs, starting with the more vintage pop leaning Dig, which brings to mind a Cults and Best Coast flavor but far heavier on the alt country. Their cover of Sunshine Blues is a wonderful listen. The soothing vocals are gorgeous. Red and Gold is earnest and beautiful too. Why don’t I ever see all these talented local acts when they do their impromptu public performances? Handful of Miles is the perfect chill road trip song. Sounds like I’ll have to try not to arrive late to Bottom of the Hill on Friday so I can catch their set!