Writer(s) SOPHIE
Cecile Believe
Producer(s) SOPHIE
Released June 15, 2018
Recorded 2017-2018
Length 03:33
From Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides
Single(s) "It's Okay To Cry"
Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides track listing
"Faceshopping" "Infatuation"

"Is It Cold In The Water?" is a song performed by SOPHIE. It serves as the fourth track from Sophie's debut album, Oil Of Every Pearl's Un-Insides.


Is It Cold In the Water was first performed at SOPHIE’s “live debut” on 10/30/2017. The instrumental was played over a year earlier in September 2016, at the Broad Museum in Los Angeles.[1]

At SOPHIE’s late 2017 to early 2018 live shows, performances of the song were accompanied by a backdrop mostly consisting of black-and-white videos of the sea’s surface. At least two of these stock videos can be found on the website Shutterstock.[2][3]

Music and composition


Critical reception

Pitchfork opined:

"Is It Cold in the Water?,” the epic heart of SOPHIE’s brilliant new album OIL OF EVERY PEARL’s UN-INSIDES, doesn’t have many words—two short verses, each with a few clipped phrases, sung by Montreal singer Cecile Believe (formerly of Mozart’s Sister). With lines like, “I’m freezing/I’m burning/I’ve left my home,” we get a sense of a desperate moment, some kind of turning point in this person’s life, perhaps something they’re contemplating as they stand at the edge of a precipice. While the lyrics set the dramatic scene, the ultimate meaning of “Is It Cold” can be found in its sound. The greatest emotional load is carried by Believe’s towering lead vocal, which boldly walks a tightrope stretched between the deeply affecting and the over-the-top. From the height of this great cliff, over jagged arpeggiating synths that swell and recede like an angry surf crashing against the rocks, she stretches each “o” in “Cold” for 12 breathtaking seconds, jumping between octaves and following the melody as far down as the mercury will go. Her fearlessness in the face of it all gives the song an overpowering sense of grandeur—for its length, pain and doubt and loneliness are all washed away."[4]

Popmatters opined:

"It is in these moments of disruption and transition that OIL becomes a reflection of SOPHIE. She is strong, radical, and more, but as she prefaces in the opening song, it's also ok to cry. Accordingly, the two electro bangers are followed by an exploration into the less structured side of music. "Is It Cold in the Water?" wanders into a haunting synthscape, in which Cecile Believe's ghostly vocals overcome an engulfing trauma."[5]


[Verse 1: Cecile Believe]
I'm freezing
I'm burning
I've left my home
Soft ache, me
Earth shaking
I feel alone

[Chorus 1: Cecile Believe]
Is it cold in the water?
Is it cold in the water?
Is it cold in the water?
Is it cold in the water?

[Verse 2: Cecile Believe]
I'm falling
Depths endless
Worlds turn to smoke
One hundred years flicker
I kiss the snow

[Chorus 2: Cecile Believe]
Is it cold in the water?
Is it cold in the water?
Is it cold in the water?
I'm swimming, I'm breathing, evaporating
Is it cold in the water?
I'm liquid, I'm floating into the blue

Official versions

  • Album versions — 03:33
  • Cold Water version — 03:42
  • Flume & Eprom remix — 04:48

Music Video