“Sophie Cooper taking My Bloody Valentine into the lounge of The Great Northern for a new Twin Peaks bar music.” – Steve Malley aka The Horse Loom / The Unit Ama

“a wonderful British musician who plays lightly deranged guitar and/or keys while singing like she sees bats everywhere” – Bryon Coley, The Wire

Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician who enjoys experimenting with the conventions of song writing. Her main instruments are trombone, guitar and vocals and the music made could be described as psychedelic, drone or noise music. The songs have a dreamlike quality, with sounds and vocals drifting in and out of clarity.

Recent projects include a collaboration with French composer Delphine Dora, a distance duo with Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra called ‘The Slowest Lift’ commissioned by Supernormal Festival, leading a group improvisational guitar playing workshop for women called ‘Iron Maidens’ and a free form drone project with Core of the Coalman (Jorge Boehringer). The project with Core of the Coalman has been recently featured on Sheffield’s ‘Peak Signal 2 Noise’ TV series.

Cooper performs regularly throughout the UK and Ireland. She is also the founder of Todmorden’s psyche and drone event ‘Tor Festival’ and writes for Radio Free Midwich, an experimental music blog.

Check out the LIVE page for shows.

Musical Influences:

The Musicrooom, Pascal and Kelly, Pelt, Joincey/Andy Jarvis (Sculptress), Ashtray Navigations, These Feathers Have Plumes, (the legend of ) Billy AB, Yo La Tengo, Reiko Kudo, Serge Gainsbourg (Histoire de Melody Nelson), Dorothy Carter, Spiritualised, Gene Pitney, Bridget Hayden, The Zombies, Cilla Black, Curved Air, Nilsson, Black Sabbath, No Neck Blues Band, Vibra Cathedral Orchestra, Danielle Dax, Arthur Russell, Big Star, Karen Dalton, The Who, Half Japanese, Alistair Galbraith, Gate, Van Dyke Parks, 13th Floor Elevators, Ash Ra Tempel, Jefferson Airplane, Labi Siffre, The Beau Brummels.

Played on the same bill as:

Jack Rose,Vialka, Stuckometer, Sun o))), James Blackshaw, Herman Dune, 7Hertz , Hamilton Yarns, Dylan Nyoukis, Phil Minton and Roger Turner, Chris Corsano and Mick Flower, Ben Reynolds, Burning Star Core, Josephine Foster, Ellen Mary McGee,White Magic, Smear Campaign, Voice of the Seven Woods, Jez Riley French, Duane Pitre, Okkyung Lee, Astral Social Club amongst others.

dial a bone

Performing ‘Dial-a-Bone’ in Cushendall, N. Ireland. Photo by Sandra Bouguerch


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