Alt-pop singer/songwriter Sofia Lafuente shares her stirring new single ‘Religion’, out now. The track is taken from her upcoming new EP ‘Habits’, set for release this Summer.
Following on from the release of the first single from this project ‘Are You Listening’ (which premiered on Wonderland Magazine), this new music marks a new chapter and a shift in musical direction for the multifaceted artist. Darker and more sensual than her previous music, the singer taps into her Spanish heritage, seamlessly intertwining Spanish and English on the new single.
Influenced by the likes of Caroline Polachek and Rosalía, the track was written and worked on remotely with producer SHOR. Originally written on piano, Sofia sent the track along with references of songs she loved at the time and SHOR added layers, synth, guitars and the Polachek inspired vocal guitar solo.
Speaking of the track, Sofia says, “The track itself is a little more experimental than other songs I’ve worked on, particularly because I was listening to a lot of more alternative pop at that time. Artists like Christine and The Queens and Caroline Polachek were a real influence with the sonics. The story mainly came from being quite isolated at the time of writing it. I thought about how our commitment to a person or a dream can kind of act as a guiding compass during moments when the world is very overwhelming.”
Born in the United States and raised in London by her American father and Spanish mother, Sofia Lafuente turned to music at an early age as a form of escapism from her trans-continental upbringing. With this new music, Sofia was able to reconnect with her Spanish roots and has taken inspiration from the traditional Spanish folk songs that her mother would sing to her as a child.
After undergoing significant surgery on her back at the age of 13, songwriting became a vital part of her life.“I picked up a guitar because it was the only thing I could do in a back brace! Songs just started coming out of me. I needed an outlet.” By 14, Sofia was performing live and quickly got herself into writing and studio sessions.
Sofia’s music is deeply inspired by the theatrics of Kate Bush, the charm of Stevie Nicks and the confidence of Shakira to constantly evolve and develop a new sound. Drawing from her combined influences, she thrives on being able to experiment with her music and the concepts and emotions she’s able to portray, and the Sofia we hear today is as real as it gets.