Sophia Bel debut EP “Princess of The Dead, Vol. 1”

Montreal via Quebec City artist Sophia Bel’s musical aesthetics are both delightfully arcane and modestly unsettling. Raised on the crest of the early-2000’s skate-punk and emo wave, she draws inspiration from the blurry outlines of her own childhood, exploring electro-pop and trip-hop productions and injecting each song with candor and irresistible melancholy. 

Today she shares her debut EP, “Princess of The Dead, Vol. 1,” a four-track reclamation of the nickname she was given by bullies as a teenager.

Earlier this year Sophia released her first single since 2017 and the EP’s intro track, “Time.” Inspired by Moby’s sweeping compositions, “Time” is punctuated by a fat, clunking bass synth and a singular, steady snare, then underlaid with delicate, reverberant piano. Sophia’s ghostly vocals come in before the track blooms into a lushly emotive soundscape over relaxed hip-hop rhythms.

The Dido- and Avril Lavigne-inspired second single, “Don’t Forget,” has an effortlessly weightless quality; soft-strummed guitar and hazy, detuned synths come together to convey a sense of romantic nostalgia as Sophia grips tightly the remnants of a love drifting away. The intimate music video was filmed in Sophia’s Montreal apartment bathroom in one continuous shot.

“Princess of The Dead, Vol. 1” also features the song “When I Found Love,” which grooves through an easy-paced beat and examines both Sophia’s childhood fascinations and deep wounds; as well as the soaring, house-injected musing on global consciousness, “In My Mind.”

Princess of The Dead, Vol. 1 Track list:

1. Time

2. When I Found Love

3. In My Mind

4. Don’t Forget

Sophia Bel Socials: FacebookTwitter / Soundcloud / Spotify​​​​​​​ / Instagram / YouTube

Photo Credit: Dimitri Guedes​​​​​​​

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