Montreal-based singer-songwriter Sophia Bel releases Shades of Blue, an ethereal song at the crossroads of trip hop, dream pop and electro. Like Serotonin released earlier this fall, Shades of Blue is taken from the deluxe version of Anxious Avoidant, which includes six new tracks and will be released on February 10th, 2023 via Bonsound.
Composed alongside her producer friends CRi and Tim Buron, Shades of Blue is a throwback to the electronic sound of Sophia Bel's previous EPs. The track originated a few winters ago thanks to CRi's vintage drum machine, before being enriched with organic sounds to bridge the gap between Bel's trip hop phase and the pop punk sounds of her album Anxious Avoidant. I wanted to include the song in the deluxe edition because I thought it was the perfect moment to branch out of my current musical world and showcase some fun collaborations, says the singer-songwriter.
The original version of Anxious Avoidant received critical acclaim from several publications upon its release last April, including Exclaim!, Le Devoir, Le Canal auditif and EUPHORIA. With the release of the deluxe version, Sophia Bel wishes to broaden the musical palette of the record, demonstrating the breadth of her influences.
About Sophia Bel
Under Sophia Bel’s shy demeanor and delicate voice, there’s an inviting, colourful and playful world waiting for people to explore. Born in Michigan to a Québécois dad and a Dutch-American mom, Sophia has always found her path through music. A real 90s kid, she grew up listening to pop divas while dreaming of becoming a music star one day. Bullied at school, Sophia found an escape daydreaming about a future life as a singer. Figuring out music was her true calling, she decided to study music at Vanier College in Montréal, empowering her to become the artist she is today. Taking time for herself to recenter around the kind of music she wanted to make as an artist, Sophia Bel found herself going back to her roots, which are heavily influenced by the fresh pop, emo-rock and pop-punk of the early 00s.