Sophia Bel is back with the single I Don’t Need My Space, a bold post-pop-punk anthem on which she continues her quest for self-assertion. This new track follows the success of her Princess of the Dead, Vol. II EP, released last November via Bonsound. With it, Bel was able to explore an even wider range of styles and genres through a nostalgic lens. The EP reached the second position on the earshot! chart, which lists the most played albums on college radios in Canada.
The song is accompanied by an explosive and colourful music video that Sophia Bel imagined. Inspired by the pop-punk scene of the early 2000s, the audience is transported to the heart of the artistic vision of the Montreal-based singer and producer, who significantly contributed to the styling, art direction, set design and conceptualization. The result is extravagant, entertaining and bizarre all at once, while also permitting a better understanding of Sophia's unique universe. For Léa Dumoulin, who co-directed the music video with Bel, the aesthetics of the video represent a perfect opportunity to revive the codes of the music videos that marked our teenage years with fish-eye, overexposure and candy pink.
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The single is available on all music services.
With I Don't Need My Space, Sophia Bel doubles down on externalizing built up angst and frustration from the past. This time around, the artist introduces a hyperpop hit voice, and even a cute dolphin-like squeak, as she makes a case for the importance of expressing her needs and limitations. Playing it cool never got anyone anywhere when it comes to vulnerability and connection, she explains of the theme to her single, so you might as well turn the heat way up and weed out the frozen fuckers in the process. A relevant and catchy song comes from it and sets the table for the upcoming tracks that will be featured on her debut album, which is currently being recorded.
Sophia Bel will be performing a few shows across Quebec this summer, some of them double features. See the full list below and head on over here for more details.
03/07/2021 Lac-Mégantic, QC - La Chapelle du Rang 1 (double feature with Valence)
28/07/2021 Laval, QC - Salle André-Mathieu (double feature with Robert Robert)
29/08/2021 Contrecoeur, QC - Parc Cartier-Richard (free)
About Sophia Bel
Montreal-based artist, singer and producer Sophia Bel has always been slightly out of step with her surroundings. Born in the United States and raised in Quebec City during the Britney and Christina era, Bel was intrigued by the relationship between clean pop songcraft and the brooding, intriguing tones of trip-hop and drum'n'bass from an early age. Her black nail polish made her the target of the bullies at her school in the suburbs of Quebec City, who called her “Emo” and “Princess of the Dead”. As an artist, she’s reclaiming these hurtful names and owning them: her debut EPs, Princess of the Dead Vol. I and Vol. II, delve into her past experiences with wit, authenticity and a refreshing candor. Bel now returns with I Don't Need My Space, another fun, angsty early aughts-inspired jam reminiscent of Vol. II highlight, You're Not Real You're Just a Ghost. Sophia Bel is currently in the studio working on her debut album, scheduled for release in early 2022.