Montreal-based artist, singer, and producer Sophia Bel is back with the single Voyage Astral. The Michigan born artist is more introspective on this new song that follows the release of her “spine tingling ghosting anthem” You’re Not Real You’re Just A Ghost.
Born to a Quebecois father and a Dutch-American mother, Bel grew up intrigued by the mysterious sounds of trip-hop and drum ‘n’ bass in the era of Britney and Christina. Her black fingernail polish made her the target of bullies at her school in suburban Quebec City, earning her the nicknames “Emo” and “Princess of the Dead.” As an artist, she’s reclaiming those hurtful names and owning them.
Co-produced by Bel and CRi (known for his collaborations with Charlotte Cardin and Milk & Bone), Voyage Astral is the second release on Bonsound - a kaleidoscopic collage of warped rhythms and haunting woodwind accompaniments. The new track is accompanied by a self-directed video shot with a tiny digital camera from the aughts. Shifting between soft pastel hues, the video is a glowing patchwork of vibrant colours and textures - projecting Sophia into the centre of this pulsing dreamworld.
Voyage Astral is an introspective exploration, challenging what we think we know, Sophia explains. I was inspired by the mystery of human consciousness and our connection with the universe. Sometimes we have to dive into our past lives to evolve and I wanted to explore this idea in a light and playful way. For the first time, the words came to me in French. It was a pleasure to have Félix Bélisle from Choses Sauvages’ expressive voice and smooth flute on this song!
Voyage Astral is available now on all music services.
It is the 2nd single off Bel’s upcoming Princess of the Dead Vol.2 EP, out in November.
Every song Bel writes is about something real - an experience or scattered thought brought to life. Her songwriting process is intuitive, either starting with a musical idea from the piano or personal, inscrutable words jotted down on her phone. Not afraid to cover vastly different sonic territory with every release, Bel focuses on capturing the right feeling in that moment. For her, pop is more an aesthetic to pull from than a goal to achieve.
Bel plucks from a diverse array of musical styles to assemble her unique, rich soundscape, which mixes underground electronic music, skater punk, guitar folk, and even Quebecois hippie music. With refreshing candor, she never wants the listener to get too comfortable with their surroundings. In Sophia Bel’s world, clichés are ripe for deconstructing.