Clairo, Sofia, Manchester Orchestra, and The Strokes


Raise your hand if you do not like Clairo’s 2019 “Sofia”?


Nobody is raising their hand. That’s because it’s a great song! It’s just so infectious!

It is so infectious and somehow familiar I just had to google around the internet and see if anyone felt they heard it somewhere before (sometimes people do this and they find this very site 🙂 ). I seemed to have landed on a reddit thread. It is here I discovered Manchester Orchestra’s “The Mistake” (2017).  I can’t say I’ve ever heard this song but I’m now a fan. That melody.. it’s pretty close…


But wait, there’s more! A lot of people have compared “Sofia” to the sounds of The Strokes. The production and melodic style is definitely there. Someone on reddit pointed out The Stokes “I’ll Try Anything Once” (cool video! check it out!) (which is actually a demo version of “You Only Live Once” (2005)). This demo version contains a melodic line not found in the album version and…. it’s pretty close!


There’s even this Albert Hammond Jr. song “Set to Attack” (2018) that’s also pretty similar.

And finally, there’s even a clip posted in 2022 on Youtube of The Strokes playing “Sofia” and we have come full circle.

Have a happy new year!


update: Jan 1, 2024

Looks like Clairo recorded a cover of “I’ll Try Anything Once”. Posted 2020



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15 Replies to “Clairo, Sofia, Manchester Orchestra, and The Strokes”

      1. Travis

        its pretty much a carbon copy

        i simply scrolled comments on Sofia and found it.. i think the gaga track i linked kinda fits too… been making my own compares on youtube now.. being careful not to use anything i didnt you myself.

          1. keith Post author

            Wow, 421 videos! I wish I had the time to produce that much. Are you getting copyright strikes at all? Are you trying to monetize? I ditched the YouTube channel after getting 2 strikes but since then YouTube might have updated their system to properly pay royalties.

  1. travis

    lots of blocked vids

    only got 1 strike but got it resolved…

    that vid was actually shared on twitter… before the 2nd band had it removed.. the 1st band saw it… the 2nd band ended up removing that song from all platforms.


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