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04/20/2017

Sallie Ford - "Middle Child" / video

Piece by piece she defied the longstanding artist archetype of constant decay, and starting putting the pieces of her life back together, after years of messy touring. Through this process, and through the songs on Soul Sick, listeners can hear her mature in real-time.

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The fun and engaging video is the second in a series of unique and lighthearted puppeteer vignettes. Sallie Ford's new album Soul Sick was released February 10, 2017 via Vanguard Records. She is currently on a headlining tour across the U.S. in support of the new album.
 
The media attention surrounding Soul Sick has been resoundingly positive, receiving critical praise from Pitchfork to Uncut. "Her energetic thrashing is infectious, like an open invitation to dance away your own pain," Pitchfork wrote. While, Paste Magazine hailed, "If you need a reason to fall in love with Sallie Ford, Soul Sick gives you 11." Produced by Mike Coykendall (M Ward, She & Him) in Portland's Type Foundry studio, the 11 songs are inspired by the '60s groups like The Kinks, The Troggs, The Ronettes and Canned Heat. 
 
Soul Sick pivots around Ford's own personal battles with depression and anxiety. Unlike a lot of artists who chronicle their battles with mental illness and depression in song, Ford does something uniquely positive with these emotions. Shortly before writing this album, she started going to therapy and committing herself to a healthy lifestyle in all areas of her life (working out, eating healthy and more). Piece by piece she defied the longstanding artist archetype of constant decay, and starting putting the pieces of her life back together, after years of messy touring. Through this process, and through the songs on Soul Sick, listeners can hear her mature in real-time. In these songs, she is finding resolve to the hurt and coming out on the other side a stronger woman. 
 
In Ford's words "This is a "confessional" album. It felt good to write on one theme and from one place. I found the process of writing Soul Sick therapeutic. All in all, this album has taught me a lot about myself and helped me to heal."

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