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-- Last updated 5 June 2020

ALBUM RELEASE POSTPONED

Soko issued this statement on Instagram: "As some of you know, my 3rd album, "Feel Feelings" is due to come out June 12th. But given the climate of the world right now, it feels inappropriate to spend my energy on self-promotion. So I've decided to postpone the release. I am instead focusing on being an ally to the black community, on educating myself to better understand the ramifications of white privilege, and how to work toward dismantling the racist systems built on it globally once and for all. I want to put my effort into making sure that justice gets served and everybody gets the respect they deserve in a world that is safe for all.

"I want my baby to grow up in a society that values and celebrates differences and equality. I want him to be able to witness real progress and for this change to be possible. I must do my part, and I hope you do too. Big or small, every effort counts and is necessary.

"Love you all."

FEEL FEELINGS

Feel Feelings album art Soko's next album, "Feel Feelings", can be pre-ordered in the UK from Norman Records or Rough Trade. The album's release has been postponed. The vinyl version can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Below is the tracklist:

  1. Are You A Magician?
  2. Being Sad is not a Crime
  3. Blasphémie
    (with attempted English translation)
  4. Looking For Love
  5. Oh, To Be A Rainbow!
  6. Quiet Storm
  7. Don't Tell Me To Smile
  8. Replaceable Heads
  9. Let Me Adore You
  10. Now What?
  11. Time Waits For No One
  12. Hurt Me With Your Ego

ARE YOU A MAGICIAN?

Soko told Janelle Okwodu of Vogue where the idea came from for the Gia Coppola-directed video for "Are You a Magician?". "Gia came to visit, and we were sitting on my baby’s bed, listening to the song, and we both went: 'I have an idea.' 'What’s yours?' 'No, say yours first.' 'No, you!' It turned out all the images we had in mind were totally part of the same world and we could make it all work together. I imagined a story where I make a toy that I fall more and more in love with and try to turn it into a human-like Pinocchio, but I run out of magic tricks and I’m left with reality."

Soko's Quarantine Playlist

Soko told Margaret Abrams of ES Insider: "I’m doing quarantine with my girlfriend Stella and our baby, Indigo Blue. We’ve mostly been listening to mellow music - lots of shoegaze and psychedelic too. Indigo just started recognizing my new song 'Are You a Magician?' and each time he hears it he says, 'Mama' and 'Encore!' so I had to put it on the playlist."

INDIGO BLUE

Soko gave birth to Indigo Blue Honey Sokolinski (the name is a reference to the song Indigo Blue by The Clean) on 30 October 2018 at 11:58pm.

Soko and Indigo Soko and Indigo

She told Garage Magazine the story of Indigo's birth.

"I had four really close friends with me in the delivery room, all women. My doula, Rima, is a Kundalini prenatal teacher, so she was playing mantras and we were singing these Sanskrit songs, playing crystal bowls, music, and chimes. She told us that massaging breasts is great to induce faster labor and faster contraction, and so, at some point, someone asked, 'Okay, do you want an eight-hand breast massage?'"

QUOTES FROM SOKO

CREATING CLEAN

Soko - photo by Chuck Grant

"I smoked weed for the very first time when I was twenty-eight. And I smoke weed occasionally. But it's really not an issue. It's like something I would do like once a month if I'm making music or if I'm in the studio or it's around. But it's really not a thing in my life. I'm not addicted to it, I don't buy it. I don't have it around. And also it's natural, and it has so many healing properties. I did drink red wine once, about four years ago—a one-night thing for Halloween, for my best friend's birthday, and it was awful. I got allergic to it. I couldn't even open my eyes for a week. It's the last time I drank."
--- "GQ - 15 January 2019"

MOST MEMORABLE GIG

"I was in Leipzig, Germany doing a movie and I just posted something on Facebook like "Hey, I'm going to be there tomorrow night. I don't know anyone over here, but would you guys want to come if I played a show? Find me somewhere and I'll be there". And they wrote, "Oh, you could play in that park, by the pond". I agreed, and I asked the director of the movie that I was doing if he wanted to come to see me play a few acoustic songs. When we got there, there were like three hundred people who had come over within only four or five hours. Everyone bought candles and blankets and tea and stuff. It was totally dark in this park. I was playing acoustic with no microphone or anything and it was just impossible. I asked people to raise their hands so I would go and play where there were the most raised hands and I would change location at each song. It was one of those really amazing shows and I played for two hours. I thought there were going to be about ten people there. It was the most beautiful thing ever."
-- (from DIY interview by Huw Oliver)

THE STIGMA OF BISEXUALITY

"I just did an interview for a gay women's magazine in France. They asked me something about lesbians who are anti-bi. I had no idea people like that existed. It's weird to me. Everyone is all about fighting homophobia, but then homosexuals are straight-o-phobic, or bi-o-phobic. It's like, 'Stop being a fucking hypocrite about it! You want people to tolerate you for not being like them, but then you go and do this.' You can't march for equal rights and then not tolerate someone who isn't like you."
---- (to Hayden Manders of Refinery 29)


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