For the past decade, the late auteur and visionary known as SOPHIE was at the forefront of music’s rapidly changing soundscape. Her game-changing brand of hypersynthetic pop has influenced Charli XCX, Vince Staples, and even Madonna. To honor her memory, we've pulled 12 songs from her catalog that trace her undeniable impact on music.
Largely remembered by critics and artists as her most influential song, "Bipp," a minimalistic deconstructed club track, was one of the world's first instances of hearing pop synthesized to its extreme.
This surging and soaring song about parting ways never reaches that satisfying climax, and instead finds a weird peace in the optimistic act of waiting.
An ode to the power of self-customization and visual identity, SOPHIE's clashing "Faceshopping" with its tongue-twisting lyrics feels like a euphoric refusal of the establishment.
Arguably SOPHIE's crown jewel, "Immaterial" is anthemic in the truest sense of the word as the singer leads hordes of "immaterial" girls and boys through simple chants that do nothing more but acknowledge their existence.
This glitched-out, meditative, and near melody-less track with fellow experimentalist Arca was one of SOPHIE's last releases, and proves that she was forever at music's edge, beckoning something unknown into being.