Sophie Auster New Record, ‘Next Time’, Spring 2019 World Tour!
Relinquishing inhibition and apprehension fosters creativity in its purest form. By letting go, an artist invariably flourishes. Sophie Auster embodies this phenomenon. The New York singer and songwriter leverages the freedom to soulfully speak her mind and share truths by way of vivid songwriting cast over swaths of lush acoustic guitars and dense piano chords.
Following her 2013 EP Red Weather, the artist’s most recent full-length Dogs and Men represented a breakthrough in 2015. Between ceaseless touring, 2016 saw her achieve the grand prize at The John Lennon Songwriting Contest, while Cosmopolitan Magazine named her “Singer of the Year” in Spain where she also graced the publication’s cover. Along the way, she penned what would become her third full-length and first release for BMG, Next Time. The process relied on a willingness to confidently let go…
After spending the better part of 2016 writing, Auster found a creative safe heaven to realize the vision for Next Time. Impressed by his production on Nicole Atkins’ Slow Phaser, she reached out to producer Tore Johansson in Sweden. After a two-song trial, she flew out to the Swedish countryside to work with him. The sessions marked multiple firsts. It would be the first time she recorded abroad and also worked in a home studio. As a result, the environment lives and breathes in the background.
That confidence can be attributed to road-testing much of the material and general wisdom garnered from years of writing and recording music. At the same time, it earmarked a turning point where she “felt like all of the pieces fit together for the first time.”
Emblematic of her growth, the first single “Mexico” plays out like a long lost fifties South-of-the-Border-set film noir. Punctuated by boisterous horns and an irresistible chant, the track illuminates both vocal charisma and a knack for storytelling.
Elsewhere on Next Time, “Black Water” invokes the smoky soul of bluesy jazz standards “influenced by a solitary feeling.” Finally, album closer “Tom C” leaves an intoxicating last word chased by faint guitar and hypnotic crooning, which bottles “this lonely hazy night of being alone in a bar.”
In many ways, the title signals the start of a new chapter for the songstress.
Next Time will be released through BMG early 2019.
Sophie Auster U.S. 2019 Tour Dates
3/14 — Austin, TX — SXSW Showcase: The Driskill Victorian Room
3/19 — Philadelphia, PA — Boot & Saddle
3/20 — Washington, DC — Songbyrd Lounge
3/21 — Chapel Hill, NC — The Cave
3/25 — Cambridge, MA — Middle East
4/26 — Astro Club — Pordenone, IT
4/29 — Bravo Caffe — Bologna, IT
4/27 — Varese, Italy — Circolo Coopuf
4/30 — Lugano, Switzerland — Studio Foce
5/3 — Ebensee, Austria — Kino Ebensee
5/5 — München, Germany — Storm
5/6 — Wien, Austria — Porgy & Bess
5/8 — Berlin, Germany — Privatclub
5/9 — Köln, Germany — Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
5/16 — Málaga, Spain — MVA Cultural Center
5/18 — Ourense, Spain — Teatro Principal de Ourense
5/21 — Braga, Portugal — Theatro Circo
5/23 — Lisboa, Portugal — MusicBox