Thursday, January 24, 2013

Simple Songbird: Soko

It's rare that a song can pull of equal parts precious and haunting, but quirky French songbird Stéphanie Sokolinski (singing under her nickname Soko) proves it can be done well. Leaving home at the young age of 16 to pursue acting in Paris, the quiet sprite began to write songs - many of which formed the song listing of her 2012 album I Thought I Was An Alien. This dark ditty, in particular, stood out to me upon first listen as a bare glimpse into the 26 year-old's journey out of solitude and own coming of age - featuring her cracking vocals and rolling guitar chords, and resembling the minimalistic beauty of Nico's "These Days" cover.

She took a brief hiatus in 2009, while harbouring this unreleased album, citing that she was 'dead' and wanted time away from the music industry. Songs like this easily demonstrate her inner conflict at that point, with her tinkering guitar picks and hushed pixie croons almost telling people to look away. I'm happy she released this though, because, despite her tiny-voiced sound and attempts to sneak out of the scene - "I've Been Alone Too Long" is proof that Soko is something to see and hear.