Young woman in a white blouse and brown pinned-up hair. Sophie Royer has her face painted completely white like a clown, with red dots on her cheekbones and red lips. She sits sadly looking to the side high up in the gondola of a ferris wheel, of which only a small part can be seen. In the background, too, a ferris wheel can be seen out of focus in the distance, as well as a view over a city.
Sofie Royer (photo: Kyle Keese)
Thursday, 31.8.2023
21:00 – 21:40, Frannz
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Sofie Royer

A lot of things come together in Sofie Royer’s songs. On one hand, there’s her nostalgia for the reality TV of the early eighties and the American mall punk subculture, and on the other, her passion for the opera and ballet traditions of Vienna as well as the baroque lyricism of cabaret. Born in California to Austrian and Iranian parents, Sofie studied violin at the Vienna Conservatory before living between London, New York and LA, where she gained a reputation as a DJ and founding member of Boiler Room. And while her debut album »Cult Survivor« was inspired by pop eccentrics like Gary Wilson, Todd Rundgren and Serge Gainsbourg, her current album »Harlequin« goes back much further into history, borrowing from the circus and the court jester. In this way, Sofie Royer’s output is a montage of strange characters, folk settings and mysterious chronologies that’s theatrical as much as it is musical.

Young woman in a white blouse and brown pinned-up hair. Sophie Royer has her face painted completely white like a clown, with red dots on her cheekbones and red lips. She sits sadly looking to the side high up in the gondola of a ferris wheel, of which only a small part can be seen. In the background, too, a ferris wheel can be seen out of focus in the distance, as well as a view over a city.
Sofie Royer (photo: Kyle Keese)