SOPHIE‘s brother has spoken about plans to posthumously release some of the late the artist’s yet-to-be-heard music.
Speaking to Billboard, Ben Long said “there are literally hundreds of tracks” that SOPHIE, who tragically passed away earlier this year, had produced and kept in the vaults, which the artist’s estate could potentially release. Which material ultimately gets released is an ongoing discussion between SOPHIE’s family and the artist’s labels, Transgressive Records and Future Classic. Long said the final decisions will always rest with the family – himself, his parents and his two sisters.
“The idea SOPHIE and I discussed many times was to do one abstract experimental album and then a pop record – [the next] was going to be the pop one – and to keep going on that cycle for years,” Long said. “I don’t want to be like, ‘We’re going to put everything out’, because sometimes SOPHIE didn’t want it to or it wasn’t finished.
“But it was quite clear with a lot of songs, just from the fact that we had been working on them and mixing the album, that I know the direction a lot of things were supposed to be going.”
Long said SOPHIE’s estate might also invite the input of some of SOPHIE’s close collaborators in the process of potentially releasing some of the material. “It’s always good to have an extra pair of ears,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there who SOPHIE really trusted and who knew SOPHIE’s vision. I feel like it’s not just on me.”
Ultimately, Long said, “the most important thing for us is doing right by SOPHIE — putting stuff out that SOPHIE was happy with and would want to be out.”