For Montreal singer-producer Sophia Bel, her past isn’t just formative; it’s prime fodder for her music. Bel’s upbringing on millennium-era skate-punk and emo-wave crossbreeds with her proclivity towards ’90s-style trip-hop and electro-pop production, all for a woeful retelling of her earlier years. Re-appropriating the moniker given to her by teenage bullies, Sophia Bel’s debut EP Princess of the Dead, Vol. 1 sounds equal parts Avril Lavigne, Moby and Dido and it came out last Friday.
Keep your eyes peeled for more from Bel in the future and enjoy Princess of the Dead, Vol. 1 in all its royal necromancy with the synth-heavy album opener, “Time”!