SOPHIE “Speaks” the Truth at Ray-Ban and Vice’s Secret Show
You’re boxed in truths. I’m a non-hipster hipster. I would trade my roommate for a cat. Perhaps they spill at the same rate as drinks served at the open bar. They’re all anonymous, spinning over the walls, coming from the mixed crowd of Vice and Ray-Ban folks you’re enveloped in. The noise is another added chaos among many yet it remarkably grabs you by the legs and arms like you’re a marionette controlled by its master. The master who happened to be on stage, SOPHIE.
Electronic music producer Samuel Long hails all the way from London with work that sprang from 2011 until the present. The consistency of his songs are intricately put together through software and a synthesizer called Elektron Monomachine, with the exception of his kawaii-inspired vocals made up of raw waveforms, without samples. You can hear the popping and clanging of such materials used in his production: bubbles, metal, latex, and more. In his song, for instance, Lemonade, making lists by The Washington Post, Complex, and Pitchfork, you hear a pattern of drippy sounds and pleasured sighs that begin to water your mouth. Music for Sophie is like physics that is his attempt to understand how to synthesize something new, a consideration of an object’s physical properties. It’s hearing real life, items you can easily find in a kitchen or local store, turn electronic, bred into a new, alien form.