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Posted May 31, 2020 by Jeff in Tunes
 
 

Soccer Mommy Introduces New Singles Series to Benefit Oxfam

Soccer Mommy credit: Brian Ziff + Jay Som credit: Lissy Laricchia for Interview Magazine
Soccer Mommy credit: Brian Ziff + Jay Som credit: Lissy Laricchia for Interview Magazine

In the attempt to raise some money for Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief fund, 22-year-old Sophie Allison launched the Soccer Mommy & Friends Singles Series. It’ll include see contributions from the likes of MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, Beabadoobee and Beach Bunny, with new releases every two weeks, kicking off with Jay Som.

You can check out Jay Som’s cover of Soccer Mommy’s song “lucy,” and Soccer Mommy’s cover of Jay Som’s “I Think You’re Alright” now here

“I had an extremely fun time recording the ‘lucy’ cover,” says Jay Som in a press release about the series. “Sophie has such a special way of entwining catchy melodies and sometimes dark chord progressions. I feel very lucky to be a part of this comp!” 

“I’m super excited to kick things off with this Jay Som collab because Melina [Mae Duterte] really made such an awesome new version of ‘lucy,’” says Allison. “I have also always loved her song ‘I Think You’re Alright,’ so it was great to get a chance to cover it. It has such a sweet tenderness to it that just makes you feel warm inside.”

All net profits from Bandcamp sales from this series will be donated to Oxfam’s COVID-19 relief fund. Oxfam is working with partners to reach more than 14 million people in nearly 50 countries and the US to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 in vulnerable communities and support people’s basic food needs and livelihoods. Women and girls usually bear a disproportionate burden of care in a crisis like this one, and Oxfam has a proven record of helping women cope during and recover after these crises in ways that allow them to be safer and stronger than ever.

Oxfam has an anonymous donor matching every dollar (up to $5000) raised by this series, doubling the impact of any purchase.

Despite the nation-wide lockdown on touring, Soccer Mommy kept busy during quarantine. Combining her love of video games and performing, she held a digital concert on the online gaming platform Club Penguin Rewritten a few weeks ago, with more than 10,000 attendees (all of whom had to make their own penguin avatars to attend).

Soccer Mommy also kicked off the NPR Tiny Desk At Home Series, performed on Pitchfork’s IG Live series and released her very own Zoom backgrounds images. She even embarked on a virtual 8-bit music video tour, hitting some of the cities she was meant to be currently passing through before the pandemic put her tour on hold. 

Soccer Mommy photo credit: Brian Ziff + Jay Som credit: Lissy Laricchia for Interview Magazine


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