Talkhouse Weekend Playlist: Making Waves with Sofia Bolt

Amélie Rousseaux shares the songs that influenced her debut album, Waves, after relocating from Paris to Los Angeles.

The season might be nearing its end, but we still have some summer magic left in this weekend playlist. Released back in June, Waves the debut album from Sofia Bolt — captures a breezy summertime rock feeling. The lead single, “Get Out of My Head,” evokes a sound calling back to Serge Gainsbourg, so it was no surprise when I learned Amélie Rousseaux is French and lived in Paris up until recently. Here in this playlist, she compiles the songs she discovered after stepping into a new musical world and a new country after moving to Los Angeles.
—Keenan Kush, Talkhouse Operations Manager

I grew up in France mostly listening to French and British music. When I moved to LA in early 2017, my musical world exploded. I was so excited and hungry to discover older and current American music. It felt like I woke from a musical coma. All the music I discovered had a major impact on my first record, Waves, which was released June 28 via Loantaka Records. Here are 11 songs I discovered when I moved to LA from Paris, and which inspired my first album.

—Amélie Rousseaux

Kurt Vile — “Pretty Pimpin”
Right before moving to LA, I listened to this song on repeat in the cold Parisian winter. I would dream of what life would be like “over there.” I liked how Kurt Vile’s voice sounded so cool and easy-going. I thought he must be from California.

Kevin Morby — “Crybaby”
I heard this record for the first time at the bar I worked at shortly after moving. I felt instantly lifted. It was a perfect soundtrack to go along with discovering a new city, culture, and independence.

Solange — “Cranes in the Sky”
A spiritual masterpiece. A balanced portrayal of how life and music can be both supernatural and mundane at the same time.

Hand Habits — “yr heart”
I saw Hand Habits play a solo show shortly after moving, I was so inspired by their guitar playing, how melodic and smooth it was. I also really like the lyric “there’s a million ways to fuck with fate.”

Feist — “Pleasure”
I love the catharsis of the song exploding half way through. Also a great post-breakup record that helped me at the time.

Ty Segall — “Finger”
I love the energy in all of Ty’s songs. He has inspired me to play more guitar solos, use more overdrive, and fearlessly play music loud.

Andy Shauf — “To You”
His storytelling is remarkable. I love how factual the writing is. I tried to convey this in some of my songs like “London 2009” or “Ojai”.

Cass McCombs — “Switch”
Perfect effects, instrumentation, melodies. I think I listened to Mangy Love a thousand times the year I moved.

Todd Rundgren — “Can We Still Be Friends?”
Great songwriting and relatable subject. Haven’t listened to much of his other music but I definitely should.

Steely Dan — “Dirty Work”
This song is about doing things you know you shouldn’t be doing and that got me — “I foresee terrible trouble, but I stay here just the same.”

Fleetwood Mac — “The Chain”
My girlfriend who I met in LA is a big Fleetwood Mac fan. She couldn’t believe it when I said I had never heard of them before moving to the U.S. I guess I was lucky to discover them at 30; so many great songs I get to listen to for the first time.

Catch Sofia Bolt on tour this fall:

9/11: Arcata, CA — Van Duzer Theater (with Sharon Van Etten)
9/14: Joshua Tree, CA — Pappy and Harriets (with Sharon Van Etten)
10/16: Los Angeles, CA — Highland Park Ebell Club (with Loving)
10/17: San Francisco, CA — Rickshaw Stop (with Loving )
11/12: Hamden, CT — Space Ballroom
11/13: Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’s
11/14: Brooklyn, NY — Baby’s All Right
11/15: Allston, MA — Great Scott
11/16: Washington DC — Pie Shop
11/18: Raleigh, NC — Kings

(Photo Credit, left: Jude Zasadski)