"All I ever heard was the sweet sound of ignorance," slurs queer singer and actress Soko on her new single, out today. The woozy, drunken track is Soko's first major release since sharing her 2015 LP, My Dreams Dictate Reality, though the Bordeaux-born artist has since been occupied with cinema, having starred in both The Dancer and The Stopover this past fall. While Soko is a major act overseas, famous for her 2013 song, "We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow," she's perhaps best known in America for dating Kristen Stewart at the height of mainstream media's obsession with the star's sexuality.
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"In August, I moved from L.A. to NY to record my upcoming album with Patrick Wimberly and challenge myself out of my comfort zone," Soko told Nylon. "I put so much of my entire being into making music: heart and soul, tears, sweat, and blood. The song is the result of purposely isolating myself until I lost track of time, people, life, reality—a form of self-induced cabin fever. In a nutshell, it’s about being very anti-social and a lonely crybaby in desperate need of a cuddle, yet terrified of intimacy, but the track sounds pretty happy if you don’t pay attention to the words. It’s a contrast I always treasure in music—happy-sad music."
Listen, below, and watch Soko's colorful video on Nylon.