Primavera Sound Barcelona
If all the mums from football were like Sophie Allison, the kids’ games, the team dinners and the WhatsApp groups would be very different. Her, in her own words, “laid-back but slightly sad” folk music would ease tensions, calm spirits and, who knows, would even maybe make people rethink their relationships. At only 20 and with such a magnificent second album as Clean, the New York artist is already producing focussed, clean-cut tracks that move between folk and untamed pop, sounding like a collaboration between Elliott Smith and Taylor Swift. Instead of being in the stands our Soccer Mommy should be on the field, leading a new wave of female artists that would make a stellar team.
Henry / I’m on Fire (Fat Possum, 2018)