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Sofia Palm released her debut single ‘Raccoona’ on 6th November 2020, featuring a remix by Jackie Marua and video by Lost Tapes.
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‘60 Seconds With… Sofia Palm’ available here:
‘My friend described me as having a can-do attitude yesterday and that resonated.’
We meet at her place near Bethnal Green to talk about her first single Racoona. Sitting outside surrounded by her plants and sipping a delicious oat milk coffee, she tells me not to mind the 2 wrought iron chairs I’d assumed were artfully decorating the space – in fact, she was using them as a loom for one of the many crafting projects she takes on for fun and relaxation.
A self-taught musician, singer and songwriter, Sofia describes herself as shy growing up. I ask if she was concerned about fitting in and she surprises me with her sincerity. ‘Yes’ she says ‘Of course. . . …But I had this little sense that I would grow into myself, that there was more out there, and I didn’t feel a strong need to change myself… It was more like waiting it out until I had my turn.’
She joined the school choir and, although performing still felt challenging at that time, music became a release and an escape.
‘I felt more content observing from the sidelines, and I think that became part of my songwriting process.’
Her songwriting idols include David Bowie and Queen, but she admires their apparent insouciance as much as their gift for epic narratives and bombastic stage craft – in fact this attraction to DIY ethics and aesthetics is woven through every aspect of Sofia, the Artist and the person, from her music to her hand-drawn tattoos.
Racoona explodes out of the speakers with a ferocious 8th note groove beating the drums hard in double time and you won’t catch a breath before a punk guitar screams in the background and the nonchalant, funky bass line counters the melody.
There’s a hint of Patti Smith and Blondie’s Debbie Harry in the vocals, and Sofia nods when I ask if these Artists were inspirational to her, but the lyrics add another tangent, including genius lines like ‘You always wanna pop when you’re off your rock, And you always wanna hop off everyones stop, You really wanna roll when it ain’t that steep, Then you fall to your feet into defeat’
Inspired by someone she met on a night out (and observing her dog on a walk), written on a Eurostar ticket waiting for the keys to an AirBnB in Paris, Racoona exists in a time and place which is real but not fixed, it’s original pop-punk and a musical gateway drug…. and it’s exactly what we need to hear.
|Label:||Instant Karma / Moonman Records|
|Release:||6th November 2020|
*Please note Radio edit of single is available on request, Jackie Marua remix is Radio friendly*