Please donate to help save PopMatters. We are moving to WordPress in December out of necessity and need your help.
Music

Sophie Coran Swims in Nostalgia With the Dreamy, Soulful "Saltwater" (premiere)

Photo: Rachel Del Sordo / Little Star PR

The third single this year from Philadelphia's Sophie Coran combines soaring melodies with childhood memories into something she describes as Noir & B.

Like all the best singles, Sophie Coran's "Saltwater" – premiering here on PopMatters - is tough to categorize, but she has her own name for the style she infuses in her songs: Noir & B. It's an accurate assessment: combining classic soul with the gauze of dream pop, Coran's latest single (following "Permission" and "Duller Star" from earlier this year) sounds a bit like Amy Winehouse tackling '90s neo-psychedelia. It's an atmosphere that's easy to get lost in, with Coran's jazzy, reverb-treated torch song tantalizing the listener in the verses, eventually crashing into the tasty classic pop-R&B hooks of the chorus.

Coran explains that she wrote the song last summer after a trip to the beach. "I was struck with how the beach reminded me so much of my childhood, where many happy memories of summers spent with family exist," she says. "I started thinking about how poignant it feels to grow up, and how sometimes I feel like I'm drowning, while other days, I'm swimming."

While the lyrics certainly evoke those long-lost childhood years, the music also works as an appropriate accompaniment to those experiences. The woozy groove seems to bring to mind sunny shorelines and gently crashing waves. It may be too on-the-nose of a prediction to tap "Saltwater" as a perfect lazy summer single, but it fits. Pass the suntan lotion.

Please Donate to Help Save PopMatters

PopMatters have been informed by our current technology provider that we have until December to move off their service. We are moving to WordPress and a new host, but we really need your help to fund the move and further development.


Music

Film


Books


Television




© 1999-2020 PopMatters Media, Inc. All rights reserved. PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.






Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews



Features
Collapse Expand Features

PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.