credit: Alexa Vicius
To build something new, you have to let the old things go. That spirit of reinvention is essential to Chicago indie folk project Free Range, the brainchild of Sofia Jensen (guitar, they/she) that came together at a time when the world seemed to be falling apart. Live and in the studio, Sofia
is joined by collaborator and producer Jack Henry (drums, he/him), who helped Jensen fill out the skeletons of songs she composed in the solitude of quarantine. Bailey Minzenberger (bass, they/them) sat in with Jack and Sofia for a series of late night sessions during the darkest days
of the COVID 19 pandemic, and before long, the three musicians had rerecorded an entire album’s worth of material. Free Range is a departure from Sofia’s previous work as a rock ‘n’ roll bandleader; they “wanted to turn the electric down, and the acoustic up” for this new project.
The result of these late night sessions is Practice, a record whose warm, organic sound belies the isolated, uncertain circumstances under which it was made. Practice marks a new evolution for Jensen, both lyrically and musically. Warm and gentle, it’s like a phoenix shimmering across a hazy afternoon sky.
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