Sophie’s first official full-length record is a victory lap touching on all the styles she’s ushered in and subsequently watched folded into the zeitgeist, from *deconstructed club music* (insert meme) to hyperkinetic technopop. The album’s been out digitally for 6 months already, and thankfully, Sophie & the PC Music crew’s petty aversion to physical formats is cast aside to mark the occasion of this huge record with a deluxe vinyl edition. Opener “It’s Okay To Cry” showcases Sophie’s unwavering commitment to pop perfection before moving into more intense territory with the junkyard dubstep of “Ponyboy” and “Faceshopping.” Her influences are on full display, albeit a bit warped and dissolved like they’re appearing in a perverse dream; “Infatuation” resembles Burial’s timestretched reveries, and “Is It Cold In The Water” sounds like Kate Bush riding the Mentasm riddim. The disorienting drone of “Pretending” feels like you’re on promethazine in one of the flying car scenes from Blade Runner, and this recurring dystopic hypercolor is the thread that runs through the duration of Oil Of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, like the soundtrack for one of PKD’s more far out joints, like Flow My Tears or Now Wait For Last Year. For the epic climax, Sophie conjures Lemonade-era futurepop bliss on the kaleidoscopic “Immaterial,” which objectively goes hard AF, even for a PC Music cynic like yours truly. The sleeve vaguely credits appearances by Noonie Bao, Cecile Believe, Banoffee and Industry Plant, but as you’d expect from an artist as elusive as Sophie, it’s impossible to tell at any given time if its Sophie singing, or one of the aforementioned guests, or if they’re even different people. Limited edition red colored vinyl housed in gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeve, giant foldout poster and download code.
- red colored vinyl pressing
- housed in gatefold jacket
- full color printed inner sleeve
- giant foldout poster
- digital download included
- limited edition
- music label: Future Classic 2018
reviewed by tom violence 01/2019
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