Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy, creating a special niche of folk music.
It’s only a few weeks until I kick off my 4 month U.S tour in Deming, NM at the Historic Depot. Following that show I will be doing 56 more concerts all over the South and all the way up to New England, including a stop at The Town and the City Festival in Lowell, MA. All the upcoming concerts are announced on https://sofiatalvik.com/gigs as well as on Facebook. Hope to see you on the road!
To celebrate the start of the tour I am releasing a video for one of my favorite songs from the new album, Desert Nights. The video was filmed in October at Windy Point, AZ and got an exclusive premiere on Americana-UK yesterday.
“Drifting over these absorbing textures, Talvik’s pure voice has a dream-like quality, creating an ethereal-folk sound that is a distinctive blend of Americana and her Swedish influences. ” – Americana UK
I was so lucky to be able to fulfill my vision when making my new album Center of the Universe. I really wanted the process to be as organic and natural as possible, to be far away from distractions, and to let the songs come to life through the sound and heartbeat of all musicians in one room at the same time.
We captured some of the time we spent in the studio and turned it into a mini documentary with commentary on my thoughts, the production and the backstory behind some of the songs. As the album has gained so many wonderful reviews, been considered for a Grammy Nomination in the category Best Folk Album, and has been hanging on to Folk Radio Charts USA all Fall of 2023, I now think it’s time to release the mini documentary to the world. Come with us into the studio in Sulegång.
As some of you know, every year I release a free Christmas single, portraying the darker, less cheerful side of the holiday season. My 2017 Christmas album ”When Winter Comes” charted as No. 5 on Folk Radio USA, and this year I also released my 9th studio album, ”Center of the Universe”, which was considered for a Grammy nomination.
”Alone for Christmas” is a heartbreaking tale about how missing your loved one at a time of the year that is so strongly centered around family is extra hard. Jazzy guitars, shimmering cellos and some warm and clear vocals in this waltz will tug on your heartstrings.
The single is being released as a free download on my website as a Christmas gift to everyone,
Of course there are so many deserving artists being considered for the Grammy Nomination for best Folk Album, but here is why you should know about – and support Swedish artist Sofia Talvik.
* Standing up for women’s rights! – Sofia’s single Too Many Churches charted as #3 on Folk Radio Charts USA when it was released. This powerful song is about the overturning of Roe v Wade and how it effects all women, both in the USA and in Europe.
* Taking a stance against war and discrimination! – Sofia’s single Circle of Destruction charted as #9 on Folk Radio Charts USA and is a real protest song, like plucked from Laurel Canyon 1970.
“Too few artists today offer protest material, but Talvik seems to have picked up the mantle from singer/songwriters like Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Pete Seeger” – Americana Highways
“Sofia Talvik’s anti-war stance, “Circle of Destruction,” is an exception. Here is a gorgeously performed song about the inevitable annihilation of a war-torn world, and yet, few artists feel inspired to write their own. While we should be ashamed of having so few protest singers, we should be glad of Talvik’s efforts.” – Alt77
Highlighting the missing children of America! – The title track “Center of the Universe” tells the tale of all the missing children and young adults in America. In her video she is using the pictures of the recently missing in an effort to further spread them for a chance of their recovery.
After numerous tours through 48 of the U.S states, she has a unique perspective of an outsider getting included and immersed in what is America today. The new album was just released less than 2 months ago. If you are a voting member, please consider supporting Sofia in getting the nomination for best folk album. If you are not, please help us spread the word of this deserving artist.
The response so far to my new album Center of the Universe has been phenomenal! It went straight in on #14 on USA Folk Radio Charts for August with the single in top 10!
I’ve also gotten a bunch of great reviews, both in Europe but also in the USA.
”Swedish folk singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sofia Talvik has been making fine albums for many years now, but this self-produced latest entry may be her best to date. Her angelic vocals, which sound redolent of early Marianne Faithfull, remain a major asset, as are her original songs, which combine lilting melodies with frequently profound lyrics. Too few artists today offer protest material, but Talvik seems to have picked up the mantle from singer/songwriters like Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Pete Seeger with antiwar numbers like “Circle of Destruction” and “Boy Soldier.” Another standout is the poignant “Too Many Churches,” which effectively addresses the abortion debate and ways in which organized religion falls short.” – Americana Highways
Thank you all so much who have been listening, supporting and playing my songs.
I’m happy to announce that a vinyl will be available in November!