Any fan of Leonard Cohen will probably recognise something in the life story of Sophia St. Helen. Although originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sophia left for Europe aged just 17. After studying Music Performance at The American College of Greece, Sophia took to the Greek islands with her guitars and ended up in a recording studio on Hydra. Sophia has since gone on to record her debut album, None The Wiser, which will see the light of day later this year. Ahead of that release, today we’re sharing Sophia’s latest single, Like A Fog.
Like A Fog is a perfect jumping off place for the music of Sophia St. Helen, combining the warm jazzy quality of her vocal performance with a deceptively complex musical backing. The prominent lead piano line, adorned with lurching electric-bass and snapping, varied percussion. At times the track feels like a folk classic in the mold of Nadine Khouri, while elsewhere the layered instrumentals show some of the ambition of Midlake or Kevin Morby.
Lyrically the track is walking a line between strength and fragility, charting her bold attempts to move on whilst still chastising herself for momentary lapses. At its heart it is a song about reclaiming yourself, as Sophia sings, “seems I’d forgotten, who I am when you’re not around, not a bad thing, I’m just saying gotta figure it out on my own”. It’s arguably that honesty, that self-analytical quality, that shines the brightest, and makes the greatest connection of all.
Like A Fog is out now, with Sophia’s debut album to follow. Click HERE for more information on Sophia St. Helen.