Just about anyone who grew up in the aughts knows the formula that makes an iconic romantic comedy from that decade—a beautiful movie star who can’t get her life together, a handsome actor playing a funny schlub or a too-perfect man who doesn’t believe in love, and the perfect song for a montage in the second act of the movie.
Of course a lot of these movies are truly bad, but for an entire generation they’re iconic. At 24, Sophia Allison, also known as Soccer Mommy, is a part of that generation, and she pays tributes to the rom com and their often classically-nostalgic soundtracks in “rom com 2004,” her latest single.
“rom com 2004,” which was released today, is emerging alongside a uniquely-designed animated music video featuring people that look just like Miis—the avatars from the Nintendo Wii gaming system, another relic of the mid-aughts.
Soccer Mommy leads into “rom com 2004” with lo-fi verse, in which Allison sings about possible unrequited love before breaking into a semi-cleaner and catchy chorus that calls back to early 2000s pop-rock like Michelle Branch, but, of course, twinged with Soccer Mommy’s indie background.
Before the pandemic, Soccer Mommy had most recently toured with Vampire Weekend and opened for a few Wilco shows, as well as the pinnacle performance of all politically left-leaning artists during the last presidential campaign — she played at one of Bernie Sanders’ presidential rallies in 2020.
She’ll be embarking on a tour in support of “Color Theory,” Soccer Mommy’s second studio album that was released in 2020, later this year.
“rom com 2004” is being released as a one-off single and is available now.