Sophie Hunger announces 5 UK headline dates for Spring 20212 October 2020
It’s powerful, melodic and febrile – **** FT
A superb pianist and guitarist with a rangy, smoky voice. Her closest comparison would be Feist, or Sharon Van Etten’s rhythmic revamp Remind Me Tomorrow – **** MOJO
Earlier this year Fiona Apple’s Fetch The Bolt Cutters almost broke Metacritic, such was the rapturous critical reception: along not-too-distant lines, there’s a bountiful amount of idiosyncratic songwriting to enjoy here, too – 8/10 Loud & Quiet
Hunger’s seventh album marks out an artist sticking to her own path and sounding stronger than ever – **** Music OMH
Sophie Hunger doesn’t fit into any traditional sonic box. Or, rather, she’s such an adept and skilled player that she’s capable of hopping from music box to music box at will – American Songwriter
Fans of Cat Power, Regina Spektor, Feist, take note – Brooklyn Vegan
Bold, biting and insouciant – Gigwise
Berlin-based, Swiss singer, multi-instrumentalist and film composer Sophie Hunger has shared details for a string of 5 UK headline tour dates for April 2021, including London’s Colours on April 21. The dates will showcase Hunger’s critically acclaimed new album ‘Halluzinationen’ (out now via Caroline International) – today’s 6Music Album Of The Day, streaming on all platforms from here. Featuring 6Music playlisted single ‘Alpha Venom’, the album is produced by Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey (Kae Tempest, Fontaines DC). Sophie has recently released the latest two episodes in a series of live performance videos, sharing ‘Finde Mich’ and ‘Bad Medication’, which you can watch below. Tickets to the five UK tour dates will be on sale from 10am on September 11, 2020 from https://sophiehunger.lnk.to/tourdatesSo.
Her second collaboration with Carey, for ‘Halluzinationen’ Sophie decamped from his Speedy Wunderground studios (where the pair cut 2018’s ‘Molecules’) to Abbey Road’s Studio 2. The album was captured there in continuous live takes, recorded just six times over the course of two days – an approach Hunger identifies as ‘Full risk’. ‘Halluzinationen’ is suffused with the nervous energy of its creation, and the tension is right there on the Krautrock-ing ‘Alpha Venom’, with whip-crack jolts from electronics programmed by Carey (also a member of the studio band heard across the album).
Largely written in Hunger’s apartment using the equipment to hand in her kitchen-come-studio, ’Halluzinationen’ has a fevered quality, shaped in part by Berlin’s nocturnal world. The emotionally resonant ‘Maria Magdalena’ was written for a sex worker who frequents the Oranienplatz square where Hunger lives. Magdalena’s presence also inhabits album-opener ‘Liquid Air’, inspired by an illegal oyster bar which used to run out of the basement of Hunger’s apartment building, which both Sophie & Magdalena used to frequent; “You could only enter if you passed an alcohol test indicating a blood alcohol level of more than 0.2 percent. I used to go there when I was writing Halluzinationen.”
Hunger’s seven albums to date have accrued over a quarter of a million sales, comparisons to Sharon Van Etten and PJ Harvey, and fans as wide-ranging as Lauren Laverne, Steven Wilson (on whose UK Top 3 album she appears) and footballing legend Eric Cantona (a long-standing fan, who guested on ‘Supermoon’). Sophie made her Glastonbury debut as the first Swiss artist to ever play the festival, and 2016 saw Hunger also make her first outing in film scoring, with her soundtrack for Oscar & Golden Globe-nominated Ma Vie de Courgette earning her a Cesar nomination to boot.
LIVE SHOWS 2021
16 April GLASGOW Hug & Pint
17 April MANCHESTER Yes (Basement)
20 April BIRMINGHAM Dead Wax
21 April LONDON Colours
22 April BRISTOL Rough Trade