Soko, in spite of her youth, is a seasoned musician, artist, and actress, having left home at an early age to pursue her dreams. She embraces the D.I.Y. ethos of modern musicians everywhere, having self-released her debut EP in 2007. It was a hit in Scandinavia and Australia, and she’s never looked back, continuing to grow as a musician and songwriter.
She’s not an artist that’s easy to quantify, transcending genre with her unique sonic style that continues to mature as she does.
My Dreams Dictate My Reality has a dreamy, distant quality to it, filled with fuzzy guitars and poppy beats, but don’t let that fool you. It’s clear that Soko is channeling the best of the alternative and new wave music scene from the 80’s; you can clearly hear touches of artists like the Cure and Echo and the Bunnymen, and the vocal echoes of Missing Persons, Deborah Harry and Patti Smith.
Lyrically, the album is dark and honest, sometimes brutally so, showing a depth beyond Soko’s years, tackling subjects like depression and living up to the expectations of others. You gave up on me way too fast/Don’t be a stranger at last/Give me time and I’ll prove you that/Trying to kill the worst of me. Additional, two songs (Monster Love and Love Trap) feature the vocal talents of lo-fi musician and fellow artist Ariel Pink.
Overall, the album stands strong, leading the listener on a journey through a dark landscape of the mind, where the lines between dreams and reality blur together.
Standout tracks: Keaton’s Song, Temporary Mood Swings
12 of tracks on album, 43:21
March 3, 2015
by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)