NEW ALBUM HARLEQUIN OUT NOW
Sofie Royer’s new album Harlequin was released on 23 September on Stones Throw. The album shares stories of the places the Viennese musician has travelled through. Harlequin paints a picture of the city of Sofie’s adolescence, and showcases her passion for Vienna’s opera, ballet and cabaret traditions.
The music video for “Baker Miller Pink”, shot by Kyle Keese on a Bolex camera, follows Sofie around Vienna’s amusement park and the city’s curious Circus & Clown Museum. Only open to the public for three hours per week, the museum houses some of the world’s largest circus and clown archives. In line with the album’s themes of performance and circus culture, throughout the video, Sofie is both an inquisitive student visiting the museum, and a performer of the circus. “Baker Miller Pink” also features the owners of the museum, director Kyle Keese as a theatre usher, and Sofie’s bandmate Lorenz Uhl.
Harlequin is available everywhere now. Sofie headlines La Nouvelle Eve in Paris on 26 October.
“Baker Miller Pink” video still by Kyle Keese (Hi-Res Here)
Praise for Harlequin
“On her second album, Harlequin, the Iranian-Austrian musician retains its dreamy sounds but turns toward high-concept cabaret pop with heightened self-assurance and grandiose instrumentation. The music exudes a cool melancholy that complements its textured production.” Pitchfork
“From Tops to Nite Jewel, new-school takes on new wave synthpop aren’t uncommon, but Sofie Royer makes the style feel brand new with an immaculate chorus” The Guardian
“As adept as Royer is at tapping into the classics – a little George Harrison guitar here, a little Randy Newman piano there – she is an unmistakable talent at making songs that are hers from feelings that are shared with everyone else.” The Fader
“[Sofie Royer] is distorting a tradition of leftfield pop music in a way that feels genuinely timeless. Harlequin is an alt-pop masterpiece in the least dramatic sense of the overused word” Loud & Quiet
“Whether she’s performing great pop songs or playing violin like Itzhak Perlman, Royer is an immensely talented artist you don’t want to miss.” The Line of Best Fit
Baker Miller Pink
Feeling Bad Forsyth Street
Ballad of Bobby Beausoleil
Someone is smoking