New album, Harlequin, out September 23rd on Stones Throw
As an original member of the esteemed Boiler Room DJ consort and a longtime employee of Stones Throw Records, Vienna Conservatoire dropout Sofie Royer has been a key figure on the Los Angeles urban underground for the better part of a decade.
Her new album, Harlequin, is out this September on Stones Throw, and Rock & Roll Globe is proud to share “Klein-Marx,” the latest track from the record, performed in Sofie’s native German, and released alongside a lyric video by director Jasmin Baumgartner. The song is named after the Klein-Marx bridge – or Klein-Marxer-Brücke – that Sofie passes regularly on the way to art school in her hometown of Vienna.
“I sing about wanting to throw myself off the bridge when the going gets tough,” she explains. “The wry joke being that the bridge is not very high and underneath it the Vienna River flows shallowly, running into the Donau Canal.”
During her time working for Stones Throw, Sofie brought artists including Mndsgn and Stimulator Jones to the label, as well as releasing her own compilation Sofie’s SOS Tape in 2016 (a must-own on vinyl.) She released her debut album Cult Survivor for Stones Throw in 2020, and Harlequin finds her continuing to branch out her own unique palate of sound that pulls from Viennese opera and West Coast mall punk with equal aplomb.
Sofie Royer will be opening for Toro Y Moi in the UK this fall.
VIDEO: Sofie Royer “Klein-Marx”