Snapshots: Sofi Tukker @ 9:30 Club — 5/21/22

Sofi Tukker perform at 9:30 Club on May 21, 2022. (Photo by Katherine Gaines / AmbientEye.com)

Earlier this month, Sofi Tukker’s sophomore album, WET TENNIS, debuted at No. 1 on Chartbeat’s Current Electronic Albums chart and No. 12 on the Dance/Electronic Billboard 200 chart. The duo dropped by 9:30 Club in a celebratory tour, and Katherine Gaines shot them in action.

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Soffi Tukker actually kicked off their tour with a pair of sold-out shows at 9:30 Club on May 21 and May 22.

The new album is a celebration of resilience, owning your right to pleasure, and liberating yourself from outside constraints. Wet Tennis, the follow up to the band’s twice GRAMMY-nominated debut (out now via Ultra/Sony Music), features the tune “Summer in New York,” a guided tour across Sofi Tukker’s NYC, and it marks a full-circle moment for the pair as they return to live in the city after spending the past few years in West Palm Beach. Above all, it’s a dedication to their city: the birthplace of Sofi Tukker, the home that welcomed them straight out of college and provided inspiration for their earliest work. Sophie’s beloved Miss Favela in Brooklyn where Brazilian music and food reign, Bang Bang tattoos where Tucker gets his ink done, The Knocks’ Chrystie St studio where “Drinkee” was made, The Box, and much more.

As the first track “Kakee” readily displays, Sofi Tukker exist to toy with and upend expectations. Sung entirely in Portuguese by Sophie Hawley-Weld, the song is an ode to female pleasure with a tongue-in-cheek persimmon metaphor. What could so easily have been a high-tempo dance track is an ecstatic romp layered with supremely cool guitar with post-punk energy, morphing it into a stellar concoction only the duo could have created.

Watch the official music video for “Kakee” by Sofi Tukker on YouTube:

Another song, “Original Sin,” immediately took another turn, opening with Tucker Halpern’s melancholy words, delivered in a nearly monotone manner so as to maximize their crippling power. He’s backed by gently strummed guitar and then by throbbing synths and bass, all before Sophie enters the fray with a retort of her own to his dismay.

The “Original Sin” music video is steeped in playful eroticism and introduces the joyful and seductive iconography of Wet Tennis.

Watch the official music video for “Original Sin” by Sofi Tukker on YouTube:

Here are some photos of Sofi Tukker performing at 9:30 Club on May 21, 2022. All pictures copyright and courtesy of Katherine Gaines.

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