This week, I have mostly been listening to French singer-songwriter, Soko. My thanks to my good friend Steph for the recommendation. This feels very you.
Stephanie Alexandra Mina Sokolinski (great name) was born in Bordeaux, France – a place I only know of because of its association with the popular Booze Cruises of my childhood. She’s had international success, including collaborations and samples of her tracks so more should be known of her work.
Interestingly, she’s also appeared on bills with Peter Doherty, Babyshambles, Kate Nash, Nouvelle Vague, Daniel Johnston, Foster The People and Johnny Borrell so I’m amazed I’ve not seen her before.
When it comes to her music, there’s a Mac DeMarco surf rock coolness to what she does as well as that sexy French confidence which we certainly lack in the same way on this side of Le Channel. On songs like Being Sad Is Not A Crime and Sweet Sound of Ignorance, I can immediately hear not only why Steph recommended her but also why she thought I would too.
As ever, I should listen to her more.