Oneohtrix Point Never talks producing new Soccer Mommy LP & the song that birthed dream pop
Soccer Mommy worked with producer Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, on her highly anticipated third album Sometimes, Forever (pre-order on milky clear vinyl), and ahead of its release Sophie Allison and Daniel both talked with Pitchfork about their collaboration. Allison told Pitchfork that when her label, Loma Vista, suggested Lopatin, she thought, "That would be awesome if you could get him, but I doubt it."
Lopatin was already a fan of Soccer Mommy's second album, Color Theory, and the pair connected after he'd finished working with The Weeknd. "Soph was excited about Stardew Valley," Lopatin told Pitchfork. "I probably wanted to talk about power pop. We got along really well right away."
"Sophie finds magical ways to complicate her bubblegum melodies with a subtle weirdness: a twisted chord, a bent texture, some dark comedy,” Lopatin said to Pitchfork. "It’s addictive to listen to all that sweet and sour stuff she has going on, so I just tried to amplify that."
"We both like bratty, melancholy stuff with a ton of atmosphere to it," like the Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and the Jesus and Mary Chain, Lopatin continued to Pitchfork, pointing out the Roches' 1982 track “Losing True" as a particular inspiration. "I’d say that song is the birth of dream pop," he went on. "And Sophie’s record is the death of it!"
Read Pitchfork's piece in full here, and stream Soccer Mommy's new single "Shotgun," and the Roches' "Losing True" below. Pre-order Sometimes, Forever on milky clear vinyl, limited to 1000 copies, here