A CONCEPT album exploring depression, at first glance, sounds bleak. Soccer Mommy's second album Color Theory contains heavy themes but the shimmering arrangements and Sophie Allison's sweet vocals guarantee the songs aren't dragged down by the lyrics.
Allison, aka Soccer Mommy, hails from Nashville and attracted big interest with her acclaimed debut album Clean (2018). Colour Theory extends on her previous work's promise to deliver polished indie-pop, like an emo version of '90s dream pop band The Sundays.
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Lyrically, Allison isn't hiding behind metaphors. On Bloodstream she sings of self-harm with, "Now a river runs red from my knuckles into the sink/ And there's a pale girl staring through the mirror at me." While Yellow Is The Color Of Her Eyes delves into Allison's guilt of being on tour while her mother battles a terminal illness.
Yes, Color Theory is bleak, but it's beautiful too.