I first saw SOPHIE in a Spring-Summer 2020 Paris fashion show. It was Louis Vuitton. You know how I like to watch those shows. I was minding my own business, going down the rabbit hole and watching pretty dresses and then there was that image. And I was in awe. SOPHIE (Sophie Xeon) is the kind of artist that usually calls my attention, both for the music and for the visuals that involve the development of the persona in front of the artist. SOPHIE is a Scottish record producer, DJ and singer/songwriter who has worked with many well known artists (Madonna, Charli XCX, Kim Petras among others) and who churns out catchy, super energetic pop concoctions (I know, Dave, it's not rock, but bear with me, you need to be more versatile, hunny).
One of the things that first caught my attention, was of course, the visuals. In the Luis Vuitton fashion show, SOPHIE is a larger-than-life figure in the background, belting a song to accompany the models strutting down a big catwalk. At the beginning I thought the background was a landscape, with a big tree in the middle. Then I discovered that big image. It was very Botticelli, very much all Bordeaux tresses and red lips. Then the voice comes out and I was enthralled. It was an experience that for some moments made me forget it was a fashion show. My main thought was: 'who is that?'
We are very much caught up on the gender binary. Then comes someone like SOPHIE and we are left pretty much wondering if we really need to reconsider our previous position concerning gender. I like when I am challenged that that. It's part of my education, I guess. I, like the rest of the world, need to be educated in matters of gender and gender expression. It's the XXI century, after all. And what better way to do it than during Paris Fashion Week with the glittery, pulsating music of SOPHIE as soundtrack?
And how about this? Gagged.
And here's SOPHIE's latest album to dream: