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SOPHIE's brother on unreleased music: “There are literally hundreds of tracks”

He said there are plans to release the music, with “doing right by SOPHIE”​ the top priority

  • Paddy Edrich
  • 4 June 2021
SOPHIE's brother on unreleased music: “There are literally hundreds of tracks”

The main priority when it comes to the potential release of “hundreds” of unreleased tracks is “doing right by SOPHIE”, says the visionary musician’s brother.

Quoted in Billboard, Ben Long, who has acted as SOPHIE’s tour manager and mixing engineer, said what is released is down to him as the unreleased music is his possession.

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Long said: “There is a lot of music in the vaults, absolutely. There are literally hundreds of tracks.”

He added the family intends to release as much music as makes sense, but it is too soon to detail specific plans as SOPHIE’s death was only this year.

SOPHIE died after an accident in Athens in January.

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The material ranges from rough sketches to nearly complete songs that were in the mixing stages.

There is an ongoing discussion between SOPHIE’s family and her labels, Future Classic and Transgressive Records, on what to release.

The decision will ultimately rest with the family.

Long said: “There are many, many discussions to be had. The most important thing for us is doing right by SOPHIE — putting stuff out that SOPHIE was happy with and would want to be out.”

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SOPHIE worked with Charli XCX and Madonna, and has unreleased work with Lady Gaga.

Long added SOPHIE’s friends and collaborators could help curate posthumous material.

“It’s always good to have an extra pair of ears,” he said.

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“There are a lot of people out there who SOPHIE really trusted and who knew SOPHIE’s vision. I feel like it’s not just on me.”

Long, who worked on SOPHIE’s 2018 album ‘Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides,’ also said there is an unreleased follow-up album that just needs finishing touches.

SOPHIE’s labels, Australia’s Future Classic and the UK’s Transgressive Records declined to comment.

[Via: Billboard]

Paddy Edrich is a freelance writer, follow him on Twitter

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