Sophie Auster

Sophie released her first album when she was 16. The album was collaboration with Brooklyn-based musicians One Ring Zero. She drew lyrical inspiration from her father’s (author Paul Auster) English translations of French surrealist poems. The album was highly acclaimed in France and quickly found an audience throughout Europe. Following that album, she met writer/musician Barry Reynolds who has worked with Rufus Wainright, Marianne Faithful, Antony & the Johnsons and Grace Jones and began collaborating on material. The album features the first recording of “Square Moon” a track co-written by Barry and Antony Hegarty (Antony & the Johnsons). "I tend to gravitate towards material that can be a little dark,” says Sophie. The unreleased material Auster has been working on for the past two years has been a huge evolution for the gifted and prodigious 25-year-old singer/songwriter. “The material has matured and grown as I have gotten older. It’s a process to hone in on your own style. I think a lot of what I have been doing over the past few years is discovering my voice.” In 2012 Sophie completed work on her new record, Red Weather, released in November 2012. The daring and soulful sound of this effort highlights Sophie’s visceral vocals, stunning arrangements, and heart-wrenching lyrics. “I force myself to write everyday," says Sophie, "but the best songs are the ones that pour out of you—the ones that are urgent.” Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.