Sofia Talvik is the next rising star from Sweden. She has emerged like a lady of the forest, bringing a new interesting side to folk music. She’s playing a unique blend of folk-pop (someone said Neo-Folk). This American genre filtered through her Swedish heritage, becomes something totally unique, a blend that has attracted attention from American reviewers, blogs and music lovers, allowing her tour the US several times. In 2008, she became the first Swedish female singer to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.
Sofia Talvik was born on an island just off the west coast of Sweden. At the tender age of eighteen she left behind the comfort of home for the bright lights and lonely nights of Stockholm where every experience, good and bad, would soon take the form of a beautiful, funny or heartbreaking story destined to capture the hearts and minds of all who would hear the words when set to Sofia’s gentle, melodic acoustic guitar and minimalist back up of cellos, double bass and soft percussion.
Sofia’s debut album Blue Moon was released in 2005 to much critical acclaim followed by Street of Dreams in 2007 which features a duet with indie pop icon Bernard Butler from British band Suede, released on her then newly formed record label Makaki Music. Continuing a steady pace of releasing albums Sofia released her album Jonestown, named after the tragic 1978 event in Jonestown, Gyuana, 2008, and was the first Swedish female artist to play the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, that same year.
US indie distributer CD Baby wrote “It’s not often that an album takes your breath away, and I hate to sound hyperbolic, but “Florida” actually has several “Oh my god!” moments of sheer beauty.” about Sofia Talvik’s 2010 release Florida, and album inspired by spending a few hot summer months in Florida in 2009.
Sofia who toured the US several times from her first success at the Lollapalooza festival in 2008 has been invited to officially showcase at SxSW 3 years as well as to The Folk Alliance International Conference in 2012,completed a 16 month long tour of the US promoting her 5th release The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The tour took her through 37 states and she did over 250 concerts. She’s been noted in media all over the US for her impeccable live performances and captivating stage presence, and recently released her first Daytrotter session. She is now based in Berlin and is touring Europe. In October 2013 she released her album Drivin’ & Dreaming LIVE an album with live recordings from her U.S tour.
In March 2014 Sofia Talvik released the EP “FOLK” – a six track special. A hauntingly beautiful EP of old Swedish folk songs in a new modern presentation. The music blog “Lie in the sound” writes: “Folk is as short as it is blissful. It gracefully bows to tradition. Sofia Talvik captivates the listeners with the soul and emotions of these folk songs. The Swede is one of those singer-songwriters who turns everything she touches into gold.”
April 2015 is the month when Sofia’s 6th studio album “Big Sky Country” will be released. A storybook of adventures and hardships, about sometimes doubting yourself but also finding strength within yourself. 10 original songs written on the road as well as in the contemplation after, beautifully packaged in a simple yet powerful production. “Big Sky Country” also contains a cover of “Starwalker” by Buffy Sainte-Marie. The album is being distributed in the USA and Canada by ILS/Caroline/Universal.
Big Sky Country (2015)
FOLK (EP) 2014
Drivin’ & Dreaming LIVE (2013)
The Owls Are Not What They Seem (2012)
L.O.V.E (EP suite 2011)
H.A.T.E (EP suite 2011)
Florida Acoustic (2010)
Street of Dreams (2007)
Blue Moon (2005)
2014 Ireland tour, grant from Konstnärsnämnden
2014 USA tour, grant from Konstnärsnämnden
2012 USA tour, grant from Konstnärsnämnden
2011 USA tour, grant from Konstnärsnämnden
2010 CMJ, grant from Konstnärsnämnden
Jonas Westin, Makaki Music