Sofia Bolt (a.k.a. Amélie Rousseaux) has released two new songs, “Heart Is A Rock” and “Les Journees D’Automne,” as a double-single via Loantaka Records. The new songs come on the heels of their debut album, Waves, which came out in July. Additionally, they’ve shared a video for “Heart Is A Rock,” directed by Ryan Daniel Browne, who’s previously worked with La Luz, The Dodos, Shannon & The Clams, and more.
Sofia Bolt is the project of French-born guitarist and songwriter Amélie Rousseaux. In early 2017, pent up in Paris and searching for transformation, Rousseaux broke up with her girlfriend and moved to Los Angeles. Her first few months in LA were a revelation – she found herself surfing every day, reflecting on her relationship, and immersing herself in American culture and music. This shock to the system brought a creative blossom that gave rise to the sweeping, beautiful, honest, and direct debut album Waves, released this past July.
Now, she wastes no time and returns with a new double single. Mixed and engineered by Sean Cook, who has recently mixed records for Sharon van Etten, Angel Olsen, and St Vincent, this double single showcases Sofia Bolt as a shape-shifting artist settling into a period of prolificness and exploration. They signal a shift toward a tighter, more widescreen studio sound, with overdubs delicately stacked over a bed of acoustic guitar.
“Heart is a Rock” grapples with the struggle between staying politically engaged and preserving mental health, finding a balance between accepting, ignoring, and fighting the appalling news. “You should be left alone / To suffer the consequences,” she snarls at a certain high-profile climate change skeptic. A choir of soprano harmonies and subtle, winding electric guitars build up into a gorgeous texture before quickly fading out, and the song is over almost as soon as it’s begun.
“Les Journées d’Automne” (The Days of Autumn) is a nod to Rousseaux’s family history, dedicated to her grandfather who passed away last year. The song was written by her uncle Jerome Rousseaux, who led the French band Les Objets with a pair of records for Sony in the 90s. It is a love letter to the Argonne region of Eastern France that her ancestors have always called home – a region along the German border that has been ravaged by all the major European wars. Her voice is gossamer and wistful as she sings in French of crossing forests and hills to reach her family home, which has been destroyed and rebuilt many times over the centuries.
Sofia Bolt are currently touring the east coast in support of Liza Anne before opening for Stella Donnelly in January of 2020. Watch and listen to her new singles below:
Sofia Bolt Tour Dates:
Wed. Nov. 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s*
Thu. Nov. 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right*
Fri. Nov. 15 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
Sat. Nov. 16 – Washington, DC @ Pie Shop
Mon. Nov. 18 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
Tue. Jan. 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall ^
Wed. Jan. 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom ^
* w/ Liza Anne
^ w/ Stella Donnelly