Bandcamp – https://sophiecooper.bandcamp.com/
The Slowest Lift:
Ongoing collaboration with Julian Bradley of Vibracatherdal Orchestra.
Description by Tristan Bath for The Quietus:
“This duo comprises the fruitful collaboration between two of West Yorkshire’s noisy experimental keystones. Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley have both already spent many a year inverting and interweaving folk and noise tropes under the ‘underground’ umbrella, often in a constantly evolving, and very loose knit collective of residents, visitors, and mates in the Calder Valley. Thus, the solidification of this duo into an ongoing project dubbed The Slowest lift is every bit as organic as one would expect – yet it manages to add a distinct new strand to a widening musical palette.”
Bandcamp – https://theslowestlift.bandcamp.com/releases
2020 – The Slowest Lift – Plutonic Shine, LP, Feeding Tube Records
2020 – Delphine Dora and Sophie Cooper – Greywood Miniatures part 2, digital, self-released
2019 – Delphine Dora and Sophie Cooper – Greywood Miniatures, tape, The Dark Outside
2019 – The Slowest Lift – Plutonic Shine, tape, self-released
2019 – Sophie Cooper – The Little Room, 3inch CDr, self released
2018 – Noel Meek and The Slowest Lift, CDR, self-released
2018 – Delphine Dora and Sophie Cooper – Divine Ekstasys, LP, Feeding Tube Records
2017 – The Slowest Lift / The Slowest Lift, LP, VHF Records
2017 – Sophie Cooper – The Curfew Tower Recordings, Cassette on Crow vs Crow
2017 – Clouds Once Before Molten Rock – Live in Alsager, CDR on Wild Silence
2017 – Delphine Dora and Sophie Cooper – Think Away, Cassette on Was ist Das?
2017 – Sophie Cooper and Julian Bradley ‘The Blow Part 3’, Cassette on Front and Follow
2016 – Mike & Cara Gangloff, Jake Blanchard and Sophie Cooper ‘From Sulphur House’, split 7 inch lathe cut with Alistair Galbraith on End of the Alphabet Records.
2016 – Sophie Cooper – ‘Count the Days’, 3inch CDR on Rural Colours
2015 – Sophie Cooper / Delphine Dora – ‘Distance Future’, C40 on Was ist Das?
2014 Sophie Cooper – ‘Our Aquarius’, CDR on Wild Silence
2013 Sophie Cooper / Ignatz split cassette on Tor Press.
2013 Sophie Cooper – ‘Labyrinth’ . Cassette on Exotic Pylon
2013 Sophie Cooper – ‘Steve Wright in the Afternoon’. Download from Open Sound Group
2011 Sofie Sea & Billy AB – ‘Earthdawn Companion’. C30 Cassette edition of 50 on Bum Tapes
2009 Ben Nash and Sophie Cooper – ‘Alchemy’. CD edition of 1000 on Blackest Rainbow
2009 Sofie Sea – ‘True Stories’. CDR edition of 50, self released.
2008 Tom Cool – ‘Don’t Care Bears’ C30 edition of 50 on Sumo Cloud
2007 CooperJones split with Cars (a duo of Pascal Nichols and Patrick Farmer) – C30 Cassette on Night People
2007 CooperJones – ‘Live from Rich’s bedroom’. C3o cassette self-released. (People were invited to send me tapes and I’d do them a copy of this gig. In theory this is still available should you want a copy)
2007 Ben Nash and Sophie Cooper – ‘Untitled’. CDR edition of 100 on Blackest Rainbow
2007 CooperJones – ‘Never Dirty’. CDR edition of 100 on Blackest Rainbow
2006 CooperJones – ‘CooperJones’. C30 cassette edition of 50 on Lotus Birth Cassettes
2020 – Various Artists – Cabin Fever Cleansed My Mind Vol.1, Chocolate Monk
2017 – Lessons, Front and Follow
2016 Radio 15 – Kit Records
2015 – Rivers, Rushes and Rodents, Leigh Folk Festival comp.
2015 XPYLON – Charity release for MIND
2014 A Berry Feast 2014 – The Compilation.
2014 Running on Air Comp – called: Fluviology
2008 Tom Cool – ‘Moon Foil’ track on a compilation/zine put together by Billy AB. Limited edition on Sumo Cloud
2019 – United Bible Studies, Portis Sepolti
2017 – United Bible Studies, The Star of the Sea moves today to it’s rising
2017 – Ore, Belatedly, LP on Box Records
2017 – Alison O’Donnell, Climb Sheer the Fields of Peace, LP on Mega Dodo
2020 – Sophie Cooper, Duvet Day
2017 – United Bible Studies, Tusk Festival
2014 – Live at Cafe Oto
2014, July – Live in Leitrim, Ireland with David Colohan of United Bible Studies
Live at St. Margaret’s Church, Manchester October 2013
Live at Rammel Club, Nottingham March 2012
2010 – ‘Cardboard Hawaii’ installation at Elevator Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
Multi-media art installation complete with musical soundtrack composed with samples taken from Hawaiian cassette tapes. Collaboration piece with artist Billy AB and help from Rahul Bery, Alannah Chance, Jen Glyn and Clemence Bartram. Part of Elevator Gallery’s ‘Dada Supercharger’ event.
A double gtr duo with Kelly-Jayne Jones playing long variations on themes. We were inspired by seeing Ben Reynolds and Andy Jarvis play at Stoke-on-Trent’s musicroooom, listening to Bert & John plus a few bottles of red for nerves. We would also play with Pascal Nichols on drums from time to time.
CooperJones played a gig supporting Leopard Leg in our friends front room in Manchester. After seeing Leopard Leg play I asked if I could jam with them sometime and I was invited me to stay with them in Brighton for a couple of months. It was a great experience and opened me up to the joy of playing with a huge group of people.
I went round to Billy AB’s house in Manchester to have a jam with his housemate Gaz who’d forgotten and wasn’t in. Billy offered to play with me instead and we formed Tom Cool (named after a guy I went to school with who’d made me the compilation tape which Billy and I recorded that first jam over). This was a psychedelic instrumental guitar/keyboards/vocals band mostly although we did have a stab at being a Neil Young covers band once.
Ben Nash and Sophie Cooper (duo)
I met Ben in Sheffield when he was doing the sound for a gig I was playing there although I didn’t remember this for years and thought I’d just met him out one night in Manchester. We recorded two albums for Blackest Rainbow records and played two gigs in Sheffield.
This is a flexible title for my solo song work. I’ve also used Sophie Cooper when playing live recently. I’ve written songs mostly using guitar, keyboards and various pedals but with the main focus being on words/song. The songs are mostly based on real life events.
Gals with Guitars
Gals with Guitars is a large scale participatory project I co-manage with artists Sharon Gal and Andie Brown. We invite women of all guitar playing abilities to attend a workshop that is run over two days. During the workshop we compose a piece to be performed live on the second day.
Wing Horses – with Billy AB (keyboard), Ellen Mary McGee (Drums and vocals) and me on acoustic guitar. Long form psychedelic songs.
Remedial Queen of England – with Joincey (electronics), Andie Brown (bass guitar) and me on electric guitar. Full spectrum drone.
Palm Harts – one off collaboration with Pascal Nichols. Double Casio VLTone and microphone noise battle.
A-Band – I’ve played live with the A-Band on a few occasions, always a hoot.