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Introducing… Sophia Somajo

Elliot Robinson shines a spotlight on little known Swedish artist Sophia Somajo, a.k.a. Soso.

One of the great things about Twitter, aside from flirting with boys, is the ease with which you are introduced to new music; excellent new music at that. Case in point is one-woman-band, Sophia Somajo, a super talented lady hailing from Stockholm, Sweden.

Musically speaking, Somajo’s sound is electronic, synth-fuelled pop with quirky yet powerful vocals from the lady herself. She writes and composes all the songs on her laptop, but they are all highly polished affairs that belie their humble, home-spun roots. Somajo’s lyrics are often insightful, but also occasionally tinged with humour; they are undeniably her own words.

Somajo has been flying under the radar for a while now, releasing her début album, The Laptop Diaries, back in 2008. In the interim, a couple of excellent singles have seen the light of day (including the sublime ‘Wristcutters, Inc.), though an album failed to materialise. While working on her own music, she has also contributed material for other artists, including the track ‘Time Machine’ for the album Body Talk, by fellow Swede, Robyn.

Towards the end of 2011, Somajo rebranded herself under the contraction, Soso, while releasing the single ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me?’. It appeared that Somajo had managed to get signed to a music label, as magazine articles started to pop up about this ‘new’ artist getting set to release her début album.

Subsequently – nearly four years after she released The Laptop Diaries – Somajo tweeted that she had apparently lost her mind and was in fact releasing her new album, That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China, for free, via The Pirate Bay. She later had to update this to SoundCloud, such was the demand on the download link at The Pirate Bay that many users were getting failed downloads; I’m still having flashbacks to that stressful half-hour.

It’s an unusual way in which to release a second album, but the excellent news is that if the name Sophia Somajo or Soso is new to you, you can now check out an album of hers entirely for free. At barely 35 minutes in duration, it is a short but sweet affair. Stand-out tracks are the singles ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me?’ and ‘Happy People’, but with its more experimental flavour encompassing a number of instrumental tracks, the whole album flows exceptionally well. The only pity is that ‘Wristcutters, Inc.’ wasn’t included, though I guess you can’t have everything.

One hopes that this risky move will work in Somajo’s favour, especially since other artists have found making their music available for free reaps rewards. For example, American pop artist Simon Curtis released his début album, 8bit Heart, for free, building a fan base hungry for new material. As such, when Curtis subsequently released its follow-up, R∆, through iTunes, his fans were more than willing to pay for it.

By means of further promoting the album, Somajo has made a video for the aforementioned track, ‘Happy People’, which – like all her music – is made by her own fair hand. You can check out this video below and if you like what you hear, you can download her free album, That Time I Dug So Deep I Ended Up In China, from SoundCloud. Please note at the start of the video that it is made by Do It Yourself Bitch Productions surely reason enough to give Soso a try?

You can find out more about Soso on her official website

Soso is also on Twitter @Soso_Official

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  1. SoSoGay

    18 Apr 2012 at 11:40

    @Soso_Official ah, we couldn’t find your twitter account to tag earlier! Thanks for sharing the link :) SSGx

    • elliot_jr

      18 Apr 2012 at 11:44

      @SoSoGay where did the new photo come from? I love it, but it wasn’t the one I uploaded.

      • SoSoGay

        18 Apr 2012 at 11:47

        @elliot_jr New photo of what?

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 11:48

          @SoSoGay the featured image of Soso

        • SoSoGay

          18 Apr 2012 at 11:48

          @elliot_jr Whoever edited the article must have changed it into a landscape one so it could be featured on the home page :)

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 11:51

          @SoSoGay took me by surprise is all, but I really like it :)

        • SoSoGay_Music

          18 Apr 2012 at 18:35

          @SoSoGay @elliot_jr Moi of course!

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 18:54

          @SoSoGay_Music are there guidelines, size-wise, for images to use?

        • SoSoGay_Music

          18 Apr 2012 at 19:32

          @elliot_jr Just landscape, less than 2MB really…well done again, it’s a great piece. Really spurs you on to find out more about her.

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 19:53

          @SoSoGay_Music thanks :) I hope it gets her a few more fans!

  2. elliot_jr

    18 Apr 2012 at 11:42

    @Soso_Official you beat me to the pimping of my own article! lol

    • Soso_Official

      18 Apr 2012 at 12:56

      @elliot_jr <3

  3. LuCorfield

    18 Apr 2012 at 12:50

    @SoSoGay Important #bbcdoctors for Freya today. Confronted by someone who has “A message from Jesus” who aint to happy about her sexuality.

  4. singingbathmatt

    18 Apr 2012 at 13:16

    Hi Angel, @elliot_jr I noticed you posted the link before sending it to me your husband.This is upsetting when you know I’m your biggest fan

    • elliot_jr

      18 Apr 2012 at 13:18

      @singingbathmatt to be fair, hubs, Soso herself tweeted my article before I got the chance. I got overexcited, I apologise.

      • singingbathmatt

        18 Apr 2012 at 13:22

        @elliot_jr SoSo, SoSoGay, SoSo, SoSo…. It’s all I ever hear hubs. I will read this review over luncheon and get back to you

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:23

          @singingbathmatt yes, hubs, it is confusing, but in this case I meant Soso the artist pimped me out before I realised it was ready to share!

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:29

          @elliot_jr Oh hubs, you don’t talk to me anymore. I’ve been waiting and waiting to read this article & you can’t even be bothered to DM me

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:31

          @singingbathmatt really? I put it to you that you weren’t talking to me!

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:37

          @elliot_jr I put it to you that you haven’t beeen concerned about me. I am just going to read this review while eating a cheese & pickle bap

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:38

          @elliot_jr ‘Flirting with boys’!!!! It’s not started well Hubs…

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:42

          @elliot_jr ‘I’m still having flashbacks to that stressful half-hour’. My stress levels quickly reduced when my Hub sent me the album

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:46

          @elliot_jr Once the purveyor of a fine head of Lego hair, Elliot spends far too much time listening to music and spouting guff on Twitter.

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:47

          @elliot_jr Currently rather too obsessed with Korean pop….. oooh I wonder what’s missing here too…

        • elliot_jr

          18 Apr 2012 at 13:48

          @singingbathmatt I wonder….

        • singingbathmatt

          18 Apr 2012 at 14:00

          @elliot_jr I know you wouldn’t have left it off hubs so I’ve just emailed @sosogay directly to arrange a bio update xxx

  5. elliot_jr

    18 Apr 2012 at 13:51

    @singingbathmatt oh, hubs, you’re too good to me xxx

  6. elliot_jr

    19 Apr 2012 at 21:39

    @SoSoGay_Music ty :)

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